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McHenry County clerk certifying voting numbers, waiting on 393 mailed ballots

Mary McClellan says votes won't sway District 5 County Board race

Chief deputy clerk Linda FitzGerald talks with Brian Kline as they receive ballots for tabulation Tuesday night at the McHenry County Administration Building in Woodstock.
Chief deputy clerk Linda FitzGerald talks with Brian Kline as they receive ballots for tabulation Tuesday night at the McHenry County Administration Building in Woodstock.

WOODSTOCK – The race for a District 5 seat on the McHenry County Board was a close one – but it doesn’t look like there will be a recount, county officials said.

By the end of Tuesday’s primary election, the race between incumbent Michael Rein, R-Woodstock, and newcomer Lesli Melendy, R-Huntley, was separated by 11 votes in favor of Rein, according to unofficial results.

With 100 percent of precincts reported, unofficial results showed 1,670 votes for Rein and 1,659 votes for Melendy.

Unless one of the candidates makes an official request, there won’t be a recount, McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan said.

“One of the candidates would have to challenge it,” McClellan said.

“I’m not making any decisions regarding a recount until all the ballots are counted,” Melendy said in an email Thursday.

McClellan said she has not had much rest since Tuesday’s election ended. She now is in the process of certifying official vote totals – and waiting for hundreds of mailed ballots to arrive at the clerk’s office.

There were 393 mailed ballots outstanding as of Thursday, McClellan said.

She said that number of votes likely will have little effect on election results.

District 5 incumbent John Jung Jr., R-Woodstock, sailed to the November election with 1,921 votes. Democrats Frank Wedig and Carlos Acosta will face the Republican winners in November.

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