Mistake in voter registration in Illinois could result in deportation for handful of immigrants

A mistake in Illinois’ automatic voter registration system could mean deportation, criminal charges or both for a handful of immigrants who cast ballots. Hundreds of people who acknowledged that they weren’t U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered. Sixteen of them voted. (MGN IMage)

CHICAGO (AP) - A mistake in Illinois’ automatic voter registration system could mean deportation, criminal charges or both for a handful of immigrants who cast ballots.

Hundreds of people who acknowledged that they weren’t U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered. Sixteen of them voted.

The fiasco has triggered a partisan battle, infuriated voter advocacy groups and forced immigrant rights activists to do damage control.

Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick is a Peruvian citizen who was deported in 2017 after she mistakenly cast a ballot.

She hasn't seen two of her three American citizen daughters in years.