From long-time, recently-returned commenter Mark:
I vote to keep the approximate 24,000 vote discrepancy issue public until a more detailed answer is provided.
Hopefully the McHenry County Republican party is digging into the issue and will provide a more detailed answer than what was given by McHenry County Board Chair Jack Franks and McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan.
The McHenry County Republican Party leadership:
Diane Evertsen, Chairman
Chuck Wheeler, Vice Chairman
Karen Tirio, Secretary
Rachel Lawrence, Treasurer
It is a major feat just to describe the discrepancy, for those who don’t have the time to piece together what happened.
The election was Tuesday November 6, 2014.
McHenry County Blog
Are There Missing Votes in McHenry County?
Wednesday November 7, 2018
Articles are not time stamped, but the first comment was 11:47AM on Wednesday November 7th.
That article has a picture (screen capture) of the McHenry County Clerk’s Election website (Clarity) containing the following statistics as of 9:30AM on Wednesday November 7th:
Voter Turnout Total: 48.4%
Ballots Cast: 115,332
Registered Voters: 238,290
Those statistics are entirely from and for McHenry County (not Kane, Cook, etc.).
Furthermore, that article contains statistics (but not a screen shot) that were provided to Mr. Skinner by a a blog Friend.
The statistics are of McHenry County votes for various individual races.
This is where the 23,000 – 24,000 discrepancy comes into play.
The statistics at that point indicate about 23,000 – 24,000 more ballots cast countywide, than votes for the various individual races for which everyone voting was entitled to cast a vote (Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Comptroller, and State Treasurer).
Statistics were also shown for the two Congressional Districts, State Senate Races, and State House Races, but let’s set those to the side for now.
Let’s look at just the Governor’s race using those two sets of statistics.
Keep in the Ballots Cast statistic is from 9:30AM on Wednesday November 7th.
The individual race statistics are from some time and date prior to that.
Ballots Cast – Race = Discrepancy. Percent not voting for the Race.
115,332 – Governor 91,028 = 24,304. 21%.1%
115,332 – Attorney General 90,933 = 23,399. 20%.3%
115,332 – Secretary of State 91,203 = 24,129. 20.9%
115,332 – Comptroller 90,658 = 24,674. 21.4%
115,332 – Treasurer 89,871 = 25,461. 22.2%.
The discrepancy range is from 23,399 – 25,641, which is a range of 1,642 votes, an average of 24,429, which is in turn a range of 21.2% not voting on an individual statewide race.
Let’s call it a 24,000 vote discrepancy.
The fact the two sets of statistics were not captured at the exact same time, given what we have since learned, does not come close to accounting for a 24,000 vote discrepancy.
Those were not the final vote counts.
Votes come in from here and there (various precincts, early voting, etc.).
Ideally all the Early Voting would have been counted and properly displayed prior to election day, as one cannot Early Vote legally on election day.
There are all sorts ways for vote counts to purposefully and non purposefully be incorrect.
People specialize in this area.
However, the more details we have, the better our understanding.
And we don’t have many details on this topic.
So the key is to get more detail, to better learn what happened.
About the only thing Jack Franks and Mary McClellan could claim, and they have not done this yet, is that some but not all Early Votes were counted.
And the best retort to that would be fine, give us more details.
And release an audit trail including documents and explanations to back up your details.
There is more information on the matter in the “Are There Missing Votes in McHenry County” article and comments, and subsequent articles and comments.
And additional issues have been brought to light that are also contained in the articles and comments.
There should be a documented audit trail that taxpayers can follow if verification is desired.
A proper audit would include consulting with an independent expert in the election software used by the county to determine if the County’s story is plausible, and what to look for if someone wanted to commit fraud.
Hopefully the Republican party somewhere in the US has such an expert.
So to summarize, whey were some early votes counted, but others were not?
Is that in fact what really occurred?
How do we know that is what occurred?
Where is the proof?
The 2018 McHenry County General Election Discrepancy.
The difference between the number of Total Ballots cast in the entire county, and the number/percentage of those who voted for a statewide office.
The discrepancy being blamed on early votes not being counted.
But the number of early votes exceeds the discrepancy.
So what’s up with that?
The latest Early Voting statistic is approximately 33,000?
Which is 9,000 more than the 24,000 discrepancy.
Early Voting was October 22, 2018 – Monday November 5th 2018.
November 5th being the day prior to the Tuesday November 6th election).
There was also same day voter registration at this election.
Meaning a voter could register and vote on the same day.
This is more officially called grace period registration.
“Although the traditional voter registration period closes 28 days prior to the election, grace period registration extends that deadline from the 27th day prior to an election through Election Day.”
There is also absentee (mail in ballot aka vote by mail) voting.
Each county has its own procedures in how to do that.
The county mails you a ballot.
You vote and mail the ballot back to the county by the deadline.