WOODSTOCK – Over the past few years, McHenry County has been subjected to multiple election errors, including technology failures and incorrect ballots.
To ensure these problems don’t crop up in the 2020 primary and general elections – which are shaping up to have record turnouts – McHenry County officials are looking toward the Illinois Board of Elections for assistance to ensure a smooth and accurate process.
“My plea is not one based on a hasty reaction to a comment or two, but to the problems that I have observed as an election judge, McHenry County Board member and citizen of the county,” Vijuk wrote. “The McHenry County Clerk’s Office has had [sobering] problems that may have directly and indirectly deprived the rights of voters in the 2016 election, the 2018 election, and the 2019 consolidated election. My faith has been shaken in the office’s ability to prevail over these deficiencies without your office’s assistance.”
During the 2016 primary election, polling time in McHenry County was extended 90 minutes via an emergency court order requested by former County Clerk Mary McClellan after some polling places turned voters away because the electronic poll books used to verify voters’ registration were not working.
It was not until almost 48 hours after polls closed in 2016 that all but late-mail ballots were tallied and some close races for state and local offices were decided.