Have to admit I misunderstood the email that McHenry County Board member and State Senate candidate Craig Wilcox sent out describing what happened on the second day of opponent John Reinert signature checking in Springfield.
I thought Wilcox was saying that “Santa Claus,” living at One North Pole Lake in Crystal Lake, appeared as a signature on one of Reinert’s petitions.
Instead, Wilcox was using the name as an example of what the State Board of Elections would approve as a legitimate signature, even if no one lived at the address on the petition.
The specific hypothetical question asked by one of his supporters was whether a signature from the Tooth Fairy with an address not on the data base would be allowed.
The answer was that it would be pending more disqualifying information.
Wilcox supporters were at the McHenry County Clerk’s Office looking at registration cards for thought to fictitious names and/or addresses.
Wilcox was saying that signatures were approved that were of people who did not sign Reinert’s petitions.
A real example is the signature of McHenry County College Board member Karen Tirio on the petition below.
It was approved by the State Board of Elections, but she tells me she did not sign Reinert’s petition.