Here’s a comment that showed up under a February article about McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s appearance before a County Board committee:
The county clerk has messed up the ballots, among other things, in the primary election going on right now (2016).
I am an election judge (worked about 15 years at it and am not over the hill) and I’ve never seen such rampant disregard for election laws and procedures.
The latest today was having a man who said he worked for the company that designed the new software we now use, but who had no employee I. D., deliver PAPER BALLOTS to the polling place for early voting.
Paper ballots are not standard procedure for Early Voting, touchscreen computerized voting is what we use.
Second, ballots are never supposed to be handled by the general public.
Third, blank paper ballots are supposed to be secured with a total certified by the Clerk.
These were simply shoved into an open paper envelope, not wrapped or secured in any way.
There was no tally of how many ballots were delivered and no instructions of any kind with them.
There are no polling booths for voters to fill out these ballots, no Accuvote machines for the voter to feed these ballots into to be tallied and secured, and no other paperwork sent that can be needed when a voter is using a paper ballot.
When I asked the clerk’s office to explain this sudden introduction of paper ballots for only certain voters halfway through Early Voting, I was given no answer and basically shut down by being told I didn’t need to know, they just had to make “an adjustment.”
Someone needs to investigate this, as well as other irregularities going on in that office with apparent impugnity.
And BTW, I can attest to the fact that Ed Gill is incompetent as any sort of IT support person for election purposes.