Democrats Slam County Clerk Mary McClellan’s Election Day Conduct

Earlier I ran the following information I picked up last Wednesday’s meeting of the McHenry County Democratic Party Central Committee:

Democrats’ Take on Election Day

McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bisset addresses Wednesday night's Central Committee meeting about the Election screw ups.

McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Bissett addresses Wednesday night’s Central Committee meeting about the Election screw ups.

Last night at the McHenry County Democratic Party’s Central Committee meeting, Chairman Mike Bisset had a different story.

“They knew it was going to happen.

“Yesterday was not a surprise to me.

“Yesterday morning I got the call:

‘What the hell is going on?’

“I called Lou [Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney]

“We need to get a court order to keep the polls open.”

There was more than the above, however.

Let me lay some of it out.

“You get the kind of government you deserve sometimes,” Bissett continued.

“That’s the kind of government people want in this county.

“Democrats are different.  We think government can work.

Mike Bisset listens to election complaints.

Mike Bissett listens to election complaints.

“They really messed this election up.

“If I were a candidate, I wouldn’t trust any of the results I’ve seen so far.

“I’m not claiming fraud, technical issues, not enough judges.

“The buck stops at the top.

“The County Clerk screwed up.”

He said he had 50-60 complaints.

“I’ve been on the phones all day.

“We need to understand why things were as bad as they were yesterday.

“This is one of the parts of government you can’t get wrong.

“You can’t get this wrong.

“We don’t know what the people said yet.”

Various participants in the election then chimed in.

“‘Partially in,’ what does that mean?” one woman asked.

A judge said that the “after 7 PM votes” were “still in limbo.”

He added that his precinct had problems with the touch screen.

A McHenry 33 judge reported “a bagful of ballots with no instructions.”

The Dorr 12 Precinct Committeeman complained that the County Clerk’s Office wouldn’t answer the phone.

Bissett observed that they were “not answered because nobody was there to answer the phone.”

Bissett announced that the annual party convention to select officers and slate candidates where there are now none

A Woodstock activist asked if there was “any criminal negligence.”

Bissett suggested there were “some other issues, civil rights issues.”

McHenry Township Assessor Mary Mahady pointed out that some judges allowed the after 7 PM provisional ballots, which were supposed to be put in a separate envelope, to be put in the counting machine, which she explained would not allow them to be backed out, if votes after 7 PM were held invalid.

A judge from Algonquin 35, whose polling place was in the basement of the Home State Bank on Route 14, didn’t learn about the polling hour extension, except from an email from Bisset.

“We made the decision to put them through the OptiScanner.  We put three through.”

The Democratic Party’s Kristina Zahorik summarized the problems with the election, which started before early voting:

  • a lack of communication with the County Clerk’s Office
  • a lack of communication and training for all levels
  • equipment failure
  • set-up problems
  • lack of material
  • people, e.g., a precinct with only one judge
  • people not following the law

Another official complained about “opening the compute and it was a brick.”

It couldn’t talk to the data base.

Objections were voiced about requiring identification.

One person said that both the McHenry and Nunda Township web sites said that ID was required.

Former Democratic Party Chairman John Bartman said, “The consulting company should not be paid.”

He said it was “the worst election in 40 years.”

When a 17-year old came in to vote, the judges objected in one precinct.

(17-year olds were allowed to vote if they would be 18 by the General Election Day.)

A woman was told to change his birth year.

They gave him a GOP ballot.

The teen tried to change it to a Democratic Party ballot, but the computer wouldn’t accept the change.

“The training was minimal,” Mark Ruda said. “Two hours on a Saturday.”

“I think they need to look at the whole system,” Bisset said.

“Overall, it was a complete mess.

“She needs to change and, if that means she has to leave, that’s OK with me.”

Bisset reminded those in attendance of the major fundraiser of the year, the Jefferson Dinner, which will be held April 24th.

150-200 are expected and Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth and State Senator Daniel Biss are speakers.

Kerri Barber

Kerri Barber

Turning to the need for more candidates, Bisset admitted there the party still has “a lot of holes to be filled” and 75 days to do it.

“We need more candidates.

Kenneth Miller

Kenneth Miller

Dominique Miller

Dominique Miller

“If we have a candidate, we’ll talk.”

Kerri Barber, District 1 County Board candidate, was introduced.

She is a local business owner.

The Chairman pointed to Dominique and Ken Miller, a daughter-father team, both of whom are running for the County Board.

Breen, Andrew looking leftDominique identified herself as a local business owner, while Ken said he was a strong union man.

Intending to get on the ballot in District 4 was Andy Breen.

He introduced another young man, but I didn’t catch his name.


Democrats Slam County Clerk Mary McClellan’s Election Day Conduct — 17 Comments

  1. Ya the Dem, Debt Enlarging Maniacs headed by Jack, are piling on for political gain, just like Pam and Dave.

    It’s a election year, exaggerating problems is part of the game.

  2. Nice to see some young people seeking to govern themselves.

  3. McClellan is a RINO.

    I am sure her union ties and Teamster husband are more in the Dem camp.

  4. Hopefully Mr. Bissett is gathering written documentation from the Democrats that encountered a problem at the March 15th primary election and then presents it to state legislators and the county clerk.

  5. “Democrats are different. We think government can work.”

    Obviously, Mr. Bissett has never been to Chicago or Springfield!

  6. We don’t need any more Millers on the county board or involved with local governmnet at any level.

    And especially a daddy daughter team.

    That’s all you can put together?

  7. Corruption, does not discriminate according to race, gender, religion or political affiliation.

    Corruption has more to do with a persons choices and how those choices are influenced by personal character.

    Personally, I could name several Democrats who are far more corrupt than any of the Republicans that have participated in corruption.

    So, Mike Bissett, feel free to pull your head out of the sand at any moment.

  8. Fighting corruption, you mention knowing republicans that have been involved in corruption.

    Care to explain that comment.

    Would any be names like Skillicorn, Serwatka, Proft?

    Cjust wondering since you brought it up

  9. I was sharing some buttered popcorn with Denny Hastert, George Ryan and Aaron Schock and we all agreed it’s Obama’s fault.

    Also if we had better voter ID laws it would probably help.

    Why would there be a problem in bring your birth certificate to the polls?

  10. Richie Durbin’s wife is a lobbyist and he has voted several times in support of his wife’s clients.

    Yet he’s been in office since 1982, and has voted for over 16T in over spending and borrowed Fed debt.

  11. Dan Fredericks,

    Skillicorn and Serwatka are reformers.

    And, you appear to be from the opposition.

    So, care to elaborate about the people you associate with?

    Drunken McHenry, you don’t know the first thing about buttered popcorn.

    You are an observer, but you are not a victim of corruption.

    Big difference.

    In fact, you have no clue what it means to be a victim of the system of corruption in McHenry County.

    Anyone, can say they have sat with people associated with corruption in Illinois.

    When you consider, the huge number of politicians involved in corruption in Illinois, statistically it’s not an impressive feat to say you have sat next to someone that has committed corruption.

    Personally, sharing buttered popcorn with Ryan, Hastert or others is not something I would ever do.

    Good luck with that.

  12. Nothing said in article isn’t anything I haven’t heard from reading the comments on this blog.

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