Cook County (IL) State’s Attorney Democratic Primary Race a Mess After 10,000 ‘Mistakenly Left Out’

2024-03-25 06:00:46

Cook County state’s attorney Democratic primary race has become like any other Illinois race: crooked.

Cook County is home to Chicago.

Yeah, it’s the county’s state attorney’s office. But come on. Chicago is Cook County, and Chicago is the state of Illinois.

Eileen O’Neill Burke, a former Illinois appellate judge, has a 2,000 vote lead over Clayton Harris, a university lecturer and former Cook County prosecutor.

But all of a sudden…the Chicago Board of Elections realized it “mistakenly left out” 10,000 ballots!

The county still needs to count 3,500 mail-in ballots.

Did you know that Clayton Harris is the preferred candidate for the Chicago Teachers Union and Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board of Commissioners president?

Did you know the Cook County Democratic Party endorsed Harris?

No one “mistakenly left out” these ballots. Chicago Board of Elections Public Information Officer Max Bever’s statement:

“I traded speed for accuracy in reporting out numbers this week as quickly as I could. I truly regret this error on my part and for the confusion that it has caused the voters of Chicago. I will share updated numbers only when they are accurate and verified.”

“I made an error in reporting the number of Vote By Mail ballots received back on Monday, March 18 before Election Day that should have been included in the ‘received by Election Day’ numbers.

Previously, I reported that 66,399 Vote By Mail ballots were received back and scanned for signature verification by the end of Monday, March 18. I initially reported that 7,009 VBM ballots received back via USPS on Election Day, 3/19/24. This number was incorrect – I only reported on the Vote By Mail ballots received back on Election Day only.

Approximately 9,143 Vote By Mail additional ballots received back on Monday should have been included in this ‘received by Election Day’ number that would be processed and counted after Election Day, March 19.

These Vote By Mail ballots received back Monday, March 18, through Tuesday, March 19, were secured in a receiving cage at 69 W. Washington until they could be run through the Agilis scanning machine for purposes including verifying that those voters had not cast ballots during Early Voting or on Election Day, and to prepare signature specimens for verification. These ballots were inspected, processed and counted by election judges on Friday, March 22, through Saturday, March 23, and are already reflected in the unofficial results at ChicagoElections.Gov.”

Only 25% of Chicago even voted:

According to election officials, updated totals showed O’Neill Burke with 259,445 votes and 50.20% of ballots cast compared to Harris’ 257,430 votes and 49.80%. A total of 3,500 mail-in ballots still had yet to be counted – 2,500 in the city and 1,000 in suburban Cook County, officials said.

Saturday, O’Neill Burke held a greater edge over Harris, with an additional 4,771 votes. At that point, O’Neill was up 50.47% – with 255,010 votes – compared to Harris’ 49.5% and 250,239 votes.

A Chicago Board of Elections spokesperson provided an update on vote-by-mail processing efforts Sunday evening, saying 13,107 more votes had been added to the unofficial count throughout the day. As a result, the number of ballots cast rose to 382,097, equaling a 25.31% turnout citywide.

You could tell the media played the game well. White men donors! Conservative donors!

They either think we’re stupid or know that we know the system is beyond corrupt, so we’re used to it. Maybe it’s both.

We all know, especially those of us from the state, that elections are a joke in Illinois, especially in Chicago.


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