Hartland 2 Judge Describes Election Day

The following comes from a comment by Marlene, who identifies herself as an election judge from Hartland Township Precinct 2:

One wonders if McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield believes election day problems represented merely a "hiccup."

One wonders if McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield believes election day problems represented merely a “hiccup,” as this Chicago Tribune story on Sunday describes McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan’s description.

I was an election judge in Hartland 2.

Our technical judge also was a high school student who was not called upon to do very much throughout the day.

When necessary, he assisted with equipment but we didn’t require much assistance.

He was not told to be stationed at the ballot box.

He did tell us that a high school teacher encouraged his class to apply for the positions.

While I think it’s wonderful to get young people involved in the electoral process, unfortunately this young man will be in college in the fall and unavailable to serve at the November election.

So that $75 in training was for one election only in his case.

The training class that I attended focused on the operation of the poll books and did not cover most of the other procedures for the day, such as opening and closing the polls.

Since I had trained and served as a judge in two previous elections, I did not feel short-changed, but I did not realize how many first-time judges worked this election.

Hartland 2 had two experienced judges and two new ones, but many precincts had all new judges.

Training, communication and basic organization were huge problems in this election.

I don’t think this was done out of malice but out of a lack of planning; however, the disorganization was so bad that the potential for errors, intentional or unintentional, was enormous.


Hartland 2 Judge Describes Election Day — 5 Comments

  1. McClellan is really a bad deal .

    She is destroying our County.

    We need to get together and do something about this. .

    Please we can’t allow her to do any more damage.

  2. Can’t do anything about McClellan until the primary of 2018.

    Even then she will be in charge of the count!

    Both political parties need to ensure we have EDUCATED poll watchers in every precinct.

    Need to start this November.

    As soon as the County Republican and Democrat chairs are confirmed, we need to start poll watcher training classes.

  3. If she believes the problems were merely glitches and hiccups then she doesn’t deserve to have the job.

  4. More like a hiccup that ended up with the whole county sharting in their drawers!


    Our County is a joke now.

    Was it because she hired her husband?

    and that he was unqualified?

    had no accountability?

    This is EXACTLY why Tirio ran on iWontHireMyWife.com AND WON!

    Nepotism is unethical, period and leads to things like this.

    Anyone still think Nepotism is okay?

    Hey look, a new book ‘Corrupt Illinois: Patronage, Cronyism, and Criminality’:


  5. Corrupt Illinois is a good book.

    The best book on corrupt Illinois is the Illinois Pension Scam by Bill Zettler.

    The costs for salary and benefit hikes which hiked the pensions which were already underfunded far exceed the illegal corruption costs.

    Pensions are the #1 fiscal problem in the state and they are unsustainable.

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