* March 29th press release…
It’s not like the chad fiasco in Florida, but a suspected software malfunction believed to have failed to record the write-in votes of 3,200 voters in DuPage County election held on March 15.
According to Robert Saar, Executive Director of DuPage County Elections Commission, the touch-screen voting machines of DuPage County got more than 3,200 clicks for the Democratic Party’s candidate for DuPage Recorder. However, the machines failed to record the name of Moon Khan, who was running as a write-in candidate for DuPage Recorder in the Democratic Primary.
* From the Daily Herald’s follow-up the next day…
To secure the nomination, Khan needed 844 write-in votes in the March 15 primary, election officials said. He ended up with just 695, according to unofficial results, even though more than 4,000 Democrats voted for the recorder’s position. […]
“The touch-screen voting machines did not save the name written on the screen,” Khan said. “It was an overwhelming error.” […]
Robert Saar, the commission’s executive director, said it’s “very unusual” to have thousands of votes in a race go to no candidate.
But he dismissed Khan’s claim that there was a problem with the voting machines.
“There’s absolutely no possibility of that,” Saar said. “It is not a software malfunction.”
* No possibility, eh? From April 4th…
A growing number of candidates in DuPage County are raising questions about whether write-in votes were counted properly during last month’s primary election.
On Monday, former state Rep. Randy Ramey told DuPage Election Commission officials that six write-in candidates for Republican precinct committeeman in Wayne Township believe they received enough votes to be elected. But unofficial results indicate they didn’t.
In one precinct, for example, 47 Republicans voted for the committeeman position, but the lone candidate — a write-in — only received four votes.
Meanwhile, Ramey said he has received affidavits from several people who say they voted for the write-in candidates.
* And then on April 6th…
Two Republican precinct committeeman candidates on Wednesday were declared winners of last month’s primary after a court-ordered recount found errors in the vote totals compiled by the DuPage Election Commission.
Five write-in candidates for GOP precinct committeeman posts in Wayne Township sought the recount after initial results from the commission showed them getting votes from only a fraction of the ballots cast — even though they were running unopposed.
The recount found two of those five — Joan Mruk and Jeff Posadzy — actually received enough votes to win their seats. The other three candidates still fell short.
So, not only was there a “possibility” of problems, there were actual problems. Something most definitely happened, whether it was with software or elsewhere.
* Yesterday’s Daily Herald…
DuPage recorder candidate Moon Khan is suing county election officials to find out once and for all if his write-in campaign generated enough votes to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination.
In a lawsuit filed this week against the DuPage County Board of Election Commissioners, Khan is asking a judge to order a recount of the write-in votes cast in the March 15 Democratic primary. A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. […]
Since the election, Khan and his attorney say they’ve found numerous precincts where people insist they voted for Khan even though the results don’t reflect it.
In fact, Khan got credit for only one vote in his own precinct, even though his wife, son and neighbor voted for him. Khan also voted for himself.