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Zinke asks for partial recount of Sheriff's election results

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:54 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:58 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Undersheriff Andy Zinke officially has asked the McHenry County clerk for a partial recount of ballots from the March 18 primary election.

Zinke ran a close, but ultimately unsuccessful, campaign against former Des Plaines Police Cmdr. Bill Prim to be next sheriff of McHenry County.

Prim, of Cary, won the Republican nomination by 97 votes.

County Clerk Katherine Schultz said her office will begin Zinke's requested recount April 22.

Zinke asked to recalculate votes from 53 of the county's 212 precincts, the maximum he's allowed under state election laws. He declined to comment Tuesday.

Commonly called a discovery recount, it examines the voting machines and ballots from the selected precincts to see whether there is anything that could potentially lead to a change in the results.

The only way to officially change the outcome of an election is a full court-ordered recount, but that looks unlikely in this instance, Schultz said.

"I've never seen a discovery recount that's gone farther than the discovery stage," she said. Zinke paid $10 a precinct, or $530, for the recount, that likely will take several days.

"The $530 will not begin to cover what we have to do," Schultz said, but added it's fairly common practice to request one in tight races.

Prim could face a general election challenge from Woodstock-based attorney Jim Harrison, who intends to run as an independent.

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