Our View: Election help can only help

Does McHenry County really need state election officials to supervise upcoming elections in the spring and fall of 2020?

The answer probably is yes.

On Tuesday, State. Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, and County Board Chairman Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat, lent their support to calls for the Illinois State Board of Elections to assist in monitoring of local elections to prevent voters from being disenfranchised in the high-turnout races surely to come next year.


“The involvement of nonpartisan, outside observers will assure county voters that they will have no problem checking in at their polling places, that their ballots will be correct, and that every single vote will be counted,” Franks said in a statement.

This is more than grandstanding by a pair of politicians. Recent elections in McHenry County, including one overseen by County Clerk Joe Tirio in April, have seen some troubling irregularities.

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