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Statement from County Board Chairman and County Clerk on Election Results

Post Date:11/08/2018 1:30 PM

WOODSTOCK, Ill. –  The following is a joint statement from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks and County Clerk Mary McClellan regarding the results of the Nov. 6 midterm election:

On Wednesday evening, County Clerk Mary McClellan noticed an anomaly in the county’s posted voting results in which a number of countywide races had a significant undervote. McClellan and County Board Chairman Jack Franks were in consultation through Wednesday night into Thursday morning to determine the problem.

McClellan discovered early Thursday afternoon that the county election website had not updated with early voting numbers. The situation has since been rectified.

The outcome of two races as of right now have changed. Lauren Underwood, the Democratic candidate for the 14th Congressional District who defeated Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren, carried McHenry County. Also, as of now, Democratic McHenry County Board District 5 candidate Carlos Acosta has pulled ahead of Republican incumbent Michael Rein.

McClellan advises that vote results are still unofficial, and that there are 2,000 ballots still outstanding with two weeks until the deadline for her office to accept vote-by-mail ballots.

Questions should be referred to McClellan’s office at 815-334-4242.