There are three parts to the discovery recount that Undersheriff Andy Zinke is forcing McHenry County Clerk Kathie Schultz to conduct.
I observed two of them.
The most important part was the running of paper ballots through the optical scanners.
In the 53 precincts recounted, there were four changes observed.
- In Alden Township, Prim picked up one vote.
- In Crystal Lake’s Algonquin 19, Prim lost one vote.
- In Trout Valley’s Algonquin 23, Zinke gained one vote.
- In Cary’s Algonquin 46, Prim lost one vote.
So the results of this of the recount show a pick-up of two votes for Zinke.
That change will not show on official records, however, unless Zinke can convince a judge that a complete recount would change the results of the primary election, that is, that Zinke would have beaten Bill Prim in the Republican Primary Election.
Since Prim won by 97 votes, if the results of the discover recount were allowed to be included, Prim would have only won by 95 votes.
In the second recount process, early voting results were verified by hand.
That’s what I was watching the first morning of the recount.
During that time, not even one precinct’s early voting results were verified.
That’s because all people do not vote early in the same location.
The Clerk’s Office knows where votes for each party’s primary were cast and has to have employees unroll tapes until the relevant votes are found.
That laborious process of opening the canisters and looking at the precinct identity of each vote for each precinct being recounted is not yet completed.
I do not understand the third part, but it involves very few votes and no changes were found.
In a discovery recount 25% of the precincts may be examined.
That’s what Zinke requested.
Assuming no change in the early voting results, one could project that Zinke would pick up a total of eight votes if ballots from the other 75% of the precincts were recounted. Maybe less, since one could assume that Zinke selected the precincts in which he was most likely to pick up votes.
The two found, plus six more with the same counting error rate observed in the first 53 precincts, would not be sufficient to overcome Prim’s official lead of 97 votes.