McHenry County clerk says votes cast on Election Day now counted

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McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan said Friday all votes cast on Tuesday have been counted.

Roughly 1,000 extended hours provisional ballots were counted and the results posted late Thursday. Those ballots were from people voting during the 90-minute extension the county was granted to keep polls open because of earlier glitches with the polling system.

McClellan said she needed clearance from the state board of elections to count extended hours provisional ballots, which she received Thursday.

"There was no delay ... all counts are up-to-date," she said.

Those extended hours provisional votes didn't change which candidates are leading in races.

However, there still are 354 regular provisional ballots that need to be counted and mail-in ballots postmarked March 15 that are coming in every day, McClellan said.

By state law, the clerk has 14 days from the election to count mail-in and regular provisional ballots -- the latter must be checked for any discrepancies with voter registration information. A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility.

Combined, those ballots potentially could change the top vote-getters in three McHenry County Board races in which vote margins between the second- and third-place candidates are narrow -- boards 4, 5 and 6 have a difference of 267, 194, and 24 votes, respectively.

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