A Summary of Press Coverage of McHenry County Vote Counting

Commenter Mark has researched how newspapers have covered the Mary McClellan vote counting problems.  The results appear below:

A summary of the press coverage of the vote count problems in the November 6, 2018 General Election in McHenry County

The Daily Herald “Glitch” article by Jake Griffin and Lauren Rohr is the only article that mentions “some” (not all) of the early votes were not counted.

“As for Tuesday’s undercount, McClellan said a filter on the county’s election reporting system had been blocking some of the early votes from being displayed correctly.”

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But no further explanation as to how some but not all were displayed correctly.

A filter blocks some but not all?

What filter(s)?

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McHenry County press release Thursday November 8, 2018 at 1:30PM –

“McClellan discovered early Thursday afternoon that the county election website had not updated with early voting numbers.”

mchenrycountyil.gov/Home/Components/News/News/14447

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Capitolfax Thursday November 8, 2018 –

“Turns out, the early votes were counted but not tabulated online.”

capitolfax.com/2018/11/08/as-many-as-24000-votes-may-be-missing-in-mchenry-county

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Chicago Tribune article Thursday November 8, 2018 at 6:18PM

“On Thursday [November 8] afternoon, County Clerk Mary McClellan discovered that the website where the vote totals were displayed “had not updated with early voting numbers,” the release said.

County Board Chairman Jack Franks said it appeared that about 24,000 votes were affected by the undercount.”

chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-met-mchenry-county-election-undervote-20181108-story.html

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Associated press article picked up by the Daily Herald Thursday November 8, 2018 updated 6:28PM.

“Vote counters in a northern Illinois county failed to include early voting numbers in Election Day results, officials said Thursday.”

“The county’s vote totals were underreported by nearly 20 percent because of a software “glitch,” McClellan said.”

“However, vote totals in neighboring counties showed only about 1 to 2 percent of voters skipping the statewide races.”

County Board Chairman Jack Franks said it appeared about 24,000 votes were affected by the undercount.

Illinois Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich said the agency contacted McClellan’s office and was satisfied with the explanation given for the error.

He said that because the problem was solved before the results were certified, there won’t be any further investigation by the state board.”

dailyherald.com/article/20181108/news/311089843

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Daily Herald article Thursday November 8, 2018 updated at 7:06PM

“McHenry County’s vote totals were underreported by nearly 20 percent because of a software “glitch,” the county’s chief election officer, Clerk Mary McClellan, acknowledged Thursday.”

“As for Tuesday’s undercount, McClellan said a filter on the county’s election reporting system had been blocking some of the early votes from being displayed correctly.”

dailyherald.com/news/20181108/glitch-causes-mchenry-county-vote-undercount-fix-hands-board-seat-to-democrat

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Northwest Herald article Thursday November 8, 2018

“Outcome of District 5 County Board race changes after clerk discovers website didn’t include early voting numbers”

“The outcomes of three major McHenry County races changed Thursday after Clerk Mary McClellan updated the county’s election website to include early voting numbers.”

“McClellan later told the elections board that early voting numbers were not included on the county’s website.

The clerk added the early voting numbers, and election results updated on the county’s website, bumping vote totals in every race.”

nwherald.com/2018/11/08/outcome-of-district-5-county-board-race-changes-after-clerk-discovers-website-didnt-include-early-voting-numbers/ay94qrl/

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Northwest Herald Thursday November 8, 2018

“The State Board of Elections talked with the clerk at that point and was told that it was a matter of early voting not being included in the results – a computer error.

McClellan thought they previously were posted, and we knew that, because on Tuesday, soon after the first results had been posted, we made sure to ask specifically when early voting would be included in the numbers: first or last?

Different counties do it differently.

We were told they already were included in vote totals.

As we found out Thursday afternoon, when the early results were inserted and timestamped at 12:32 p.m., they were not already included.”

“As it turns out, it actually was because the early voting results were inputted into her computer system but were not added into the totals live on the election website.”

nwherald.com/2018/11/09/styf-election-results-anomaly-was-worth-digging-into/a8l5mn9


Comments

A Summary of Press Coverage of McHenry County Vote Counting — 9 Comments

  1. This got memory holed by the major “news” outlets. Those stories are mostly within two days of the election and only covered the initial irregularities. They all bought into Franks and McLellan’s talking points that the problem was fixed, apparently having no critical thinking or basic math skills.

    It’s only being talked about by a few commenters on this blog. Even other right-wing blogs aren’t talking about this. The local GOP has been relatively silent too. Pretty strange. Expect their losses to accelerate — people are going to stop voting for a spineless party.

  2. I too have been watching, funny thing we had the same kind of problems back in ’96 or so, too. The computer would go down, when the outsider was gaining votes, when it came back up . . .the outsider was down again. Oh heck, we thought is was Big Al.

  3. On behalf of all sunshine commenters and our sunshine blogger himself, this great dysfunctional family of the McHenry County sunshine blog warmly congratulates Mr. Carlos Acosta after his election to our McHenry County Board, where he will join 4 other Democrats and our Board Chairman to bring some sanity to our county administration. Mr. Acosta will honorably represent the Latino community and, most importantly, the extended community of working people across our county. Our very own McHenry County second coming of William F. Buckley Jr. ridiculously predicted in this sunshine blog “everything will be lost” if our electorate decided to support Carlos Acosta on November 6th. Well, who in his/her right mind could take seriously such a truckload of horse manure coming from this pile of arrogance and self-grandiosity? The reality is we are witnessing a new dawn in McHenry County politics, which continues its path of turning progressive blue and where the republikkklan party led by embarrassing people like racist Diane Evertsen continues its downhill trajectory. Fortunately, this sunshine blog will always be here as the safe haven for misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, and racist pathetic losers.

  4. The summary comment was on November 15, 2018 at 4:01PM in this blog post:

    McHenry County Blog

    More Views from “An American” on Election

    November 15, 2018

    mchenrycountyblog.com/2018/11/15/more-views-from-an-american-on-election

  5. Per Daily Herald article November 8th:

    “McHenry County’s vote totals were underreported by nearly 20 percent because of a software “glitch,” the county’s chief election officer, Clerk Mary McClellan, acknowledged Thursday.”

    Whose software? McHenry County Government or that of a vendor?

    What exactly was the glitch?

    Who in her organization was responsible for either the Government or vendor software?

    Where is the documentation, provide proof, that the software was tested prior to the election? IF testing was done, what were the results? Who signed off that the testing was done and the software was READY for use for the election?

  6. Nobody knows more about “false flags” than the paranoid false flag bearer himself.

  7. How can we block McClellan and other cultural Marxists, like Franks, from stealing future elections?

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