This is how McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox explained what happened in the second day of examining the State Senate petitions of his opponent for the office, John Reinert:
After a second day in Springfield with a full contingent of Record Exam watchers, one camp came home to McHenry feeling very good.
Rumors have people thinking somewhere between 950 and 1000 challenged signatures were sustained as invalid.
Everyone is awaiting the final Record Exam report.
The interesting part of the process for the State Board of Elections is the nuance of over ruling (deeming valid) signatures of people who don’t exist at addresses that might be made up.
There may be a couple hundred or more of these examples.
Two were relayed to us.
If Santa Claus signed a petition from address 1 North Pole Way, Crystal Lake, the SBOE staffer attempts to locate both the name and/or the address in the statewide database.
When they are unable to find the person or address, they often comment that “I don’t think Santa Claus even exists, but without a signature to match, we must over rule the challenge of signature not genuine.”
So the SBOE process asserts that Santa Claus is a valid signature.
Another example, if someone well known is purported to have signed the signature (but did not) the SBOE process finds the name and address match, then are required to compare signatures.
They will sway towards leniency in hand writing and often over ruled the challenge of signature not genuine.
Another example of an SBOE asserted valid signature that is known to not be valid
Affidavits and other evidence would then be required to be presented at the upcoming hearing scheduled for Jan 4th to over turn the decision of the SBOE.
Members from both camps believe these types of scenarios may have occurred a couple hundred times or more over the past two days.