According to this report by Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun Times, Republican Kathy Myalls, who’s running this year for a seat in the Illinois State Legislature, has voted in both Illinois and Wisconsin in recent years.
In one case, she cast a vote in a primary election in Illinois. Then just three months later, records show she voted in Wisconsin to cast a ballot in the state’s recall election. The effort was aimed largely at recalling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — someone with whom Myalls is pictured on her Facebook page. Myalls then voted in Wisconsin’s presidential general election in 2012 before returning to Illinois to vote the following spring.
When asked about her vote in the Walker recall, Myalls said in a phone interview:
“No. I don’t think I did,” she said. “I don’t think they canceled my registration up in Fontana. And that may be what you’re seeing. They didn’t automatically cancel it.”
Illinois voting records show that Myalls has been registered to vote from her Wilmette address from 2005 to the present. By her own admission, Myalls was registered to vote in a second home located in Fontana, Wisconsin, since 1996. Records show she voted in separate elections in both states in 2008 and 2012.
“This situation is improper,” said Courtney Greve, spokeswoman for Cook County Clerk David Orr. “If we had known that she had voted in another state, we would have canceled her registration.”
Greve stopped short of saying the practice violated law, saying residency questions become murky. If someone votes at two different locations in the same election, that is a clear violation of law, but records do not reflect that happening in Myalls’ case.
While Myalls does not appear to have voted in both Illinois and Wisconsin in the same elections – instead alternating elections – the fact that she most recently voted in the 2012 presidential election here in Wisconsin puts her eligibility to serve in the Illinois State Legislature into question, given the clause in the Illinois state constitution that a person is eligible to serve as a member of the General Assembly if he or she is a U.S. citizen, is at least 21 and has lived in the district that he or she is to represent for two years preceding the election. Given that election day in Illinois is November 4 this year and was November 6 in 2012, Myall would appear to be two days short of meeting the residency requirement in Illinois.