A supervisor fired by the Chicago election board was “terminated for gross dereliction” of duty in the wake of problems with absentee ballots that were discovered as votes were being tallied in the hotly contested race for Illinois state treasurer, according to newly obtained records.
Regardless of whether Gov. Pat Quinn concedes the race to Bruce Rauner anytime soon, it will be days before an official count confirms who won the race for Illinois governor.
With less than two weeks until Illinois’ high-stakes elections, an attorney general opinion has some officials rethinking vote-counting procedures in ways that they say could cause big delays in announcing results.
Other states have been going to the polling places and casting votes in this primary election season, and now it’s Illinois residents’ turn to start the process.
When election officials count the votes in November, they want it to go off without a hitch – and that includes properly counting absentee ballots from America’s fighting forces.
Several aldermanic contests were quite close, and one, in the 45th Ward, is expected to require a recount.
Five days before election day, early voting and absentee ballots have already proved a popular choice in suburban Cook County.
Some Illinois residents serving overseas in the military will get extra time to vote in an effort to make up for absentee ballots being mailed late, state and federal officials said Friday.
At least one county in Illinois admits its ballots to military personnel weren’t mailed on time.