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Kendall County Board race still too close to call

Absentee ballots may determine who won district 2 county board race

Dan Koukol
Dan Koukol

Still uncounted absentee ballots may determine the winner in Tuesday's Republican Party Primary Election for a seat on the Kendall County Board.

Voters in the board's District 2 were asked to cast ballots for three candidates and chose Matthew Kellogg, Tony Giles and Diane Selmer. However, just 17 votes separate Selmer and another candidate, incumbent board member Dan Koukol.

The Aurora Election Commission issued a statement Thursday saying that all eligible absentee, grace period, and provisional ballots for the primary will be counted on Tuesday, March 29.

As of the close of business March 15, there were 96 ballots within the jurisdiction of the Aurora Election Commission that had not been returned. There are a total of 479 grace period and 197 provisional ballots to be counted, according to the commission.

The statement from the commission did not say how many ballots were outstanding in the Kendall County portion of Aurora. However, Kendall County Clerk Debbie Gillette estimates her office is waiting for about 42 absentee ballots in the rest of District 2 located in Kendall County outside of Aurora. Gillette's office does not count ballots in the Aurora portion of Kendall County. She added that her staff was reviewing any ballots cast after 7 p.m. on election night when the polls were kept open an extra hour due to a ballot shortage.

“No person shall be provided with a daily breakdown of ballots returned to the Commission, nor shall the Commission release the names of the voters who have ballots outstanding. A count will be provided to the public on the website auroravotes.org,” the statement said.

Last week Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner took note of the delay in the Aurora Election Commission's results which was spread out throughout the entire city calling for a referendum to be placed on November's ballot to do away with the commission.

Aurora's City Council voted to place a referendum on the ballot in 2010, but the Election Commission refused to do so, arguing that the issue could be placed on the ballot only through voter petitions.

"The Aurora Election Commission's abysmal failure Tuesday night to properly provide online the election results from within its jurisdiction to the public is but the most recent example of the general incompetence of the Commission Board, as well as the staff and the Board attorney, who are collectively and individually wasting local tax dollars,” Weisner said in a statement.

"The Aurora Election Commission is a 'one trick pony' - and a lame one at that," said Weisner. 

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