Though it’s the simpler step in settling the in the Kostelny/Tegeler Third Subcircuit situation, yesterday’s two precinct Aurora discovery recount changed nothing. My prophetic track record may have taken a hit lately, but even a Fox News pundit could’ve predicted the Aurora vote would remain at 502 to 433 without breaking a a sweat.
With that portion of the festivities out of the way and Teleger still up by 7 countywide votes, the two camps will move on to the Kane County Clerk’s office for a 16 precinct re-tally running from May 5 to May 7. And when that final absentee ballot is re-counted, nothing will have changed there either.
I hate to sound like a broken record, but since it’s been so difficult to disavow people of those paper ballot notions, please let me reiterate that today’s electronic voting machines are an all or nothing proposition. Either they work or they don’t
And if there was a problem, it would likely come with the Aurora Election Commission’s optical voting machines which can get “out of alignment.” But there’s no way eminently competent AEC Chief, Linda Fechner, would ever let that kind of thing happen.
And that proof is in their recount pudding.
As far as the odds of any Kane County E-Slate throwing a shoe go, you stand a far better chance of seeing the Illinois legislature solve its pension problem by tomorrow morning. Though I’m certainly no expert, having toiled in that general area, I know of what I speak.
Look, I can completely understand why a candidate, any candidate, who spent 20 grand of her own money to go down by seven votes, would want to leave no stone unturned. And the truth is, a 25 percent of the precincts discovery recount doesn’t cost the taxpayers very much and it costs the candidates even less.
But despite that boatload of wishful thinking, it’s not going to change a bloody thing. Mercifully, most election authorities have relegated the days of hanging chads to history’s dust bin.
That said, just because there’s no likelihood of a positive result for the Kostelny camp, that doesn’t mean there can’t be a negative outcome. To wit, during yesterday’s recount, Kostelny’s attorney objected to a ballot in which a voter employed a Tegeler check mark instead of darkening the appropriate oval.
First, that’s only one vote, and when you consider Illinois election law clearly states:
The designated area for casting a vote for a particular ballot position on the ballot sheet contains some other type of mark that indicates the clearly ascertainable intent of the voter to vote based on the totality of the circumstances, including but not limited to any pattern or frequency of marks on other ballot positions from the same ballot sheet.
the objection suddenly seems rather petty. It’s one thing for those wacky politicians to spare nothing in their quest for public office, but it’s another thing entirely for a sitting judge to start down that road. And my fear is this is only the beginning of what will become a very contentious process.
The problem is, like the daunting prospect of unringing a bell, once you damage your reputation, it’s almost impossible to get it back. And remember, Judgeships are just like those Solider Field game day shuttle buses – there’s always another one coming along.
We’ll see what happens.