County to re-tabulate votes in six precincts from March 20 primary
Online Staff Report
Primary election votes from six precincts in Winnebago County will be re-tabulated beginning at 2 p.m., Friday, March 30, according to the Winnebago County Clerk’s office.
The precincts were selected for re-tabulation by the Illinois State Board of Elections.
Re-tabulation will be at the Winnebago County Administration Building, 404 Elm St., Rockford, on the election side of the office.
A flaw in ballot size affected 36 percent of the 23,400 ballots cast in Winnebago County in the March 20 primary election.
The flaw forced the county to reprint and remake 8,564 ballots from its inventory, with ballots being remade by hand.
Members of both the Democratic and Republican parties were called on by Winnebago County Clerk Margie Mullins to assist with the ballot remaking, a move that has drawn criticism from candidates and voters alike.
The county has said it will seek compensation from the company that supplied the flawed ballots, ABS Graphics of Addison, Ill.
According to reports, the company said a slight blade misalignment was responsible for the flaw, which also affected about 24 other counties throughout the state.
Ballots in Winnebago County were one-sixteenth-inch too large to fit in counting machines.
The county paid ABS Graphics $14,300 for 65,000 ballots.
Mullins plans to meet with ABS Graphics after her office is finished gathering information about the extra costs incurred by the ballot flaw.
Posted March 28, 2012
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