Illinois primary voters notified of possible virus exposure
Election officials are notifying hundreds of Chicago voters who went to the polls in last month’s primary of possible exposure to COVID-19By SOPHIA TAREEN Associated PressApril 13, 2020, 9:37 PM4 min readCHICAGO — Hundreds of Chicago voters who went to the polls in last month’s primary were being notified of possible exposure to COVID-19 including from a site where a poll worker later developed symptoms and died, election officials said Monday. Illinois was one of the first states that grappled with rescheduling its March 17 primary during the coronavirus pandemic but proceeded despite safety concerns. Days later, Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a statewide stay-at-home order. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners was sending letters to voters who went to the polls at four locations throughout the city, spokesman Jim Allen said, with at least one more possible location. Either poll workers or voters who later tested positive were at those locations and notified the board. Election officials didn’t have an exact count but said hundreds of letters were being sent. Chicago Board of Elections officials said a poll worker at a South Side church who used as a voting site developed symptoms days after the election and died April 1.