Ballot mistake may cost election

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DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — The election commission is admitting a mistake they made at one of their polling places Tuesday night. 

The results for County Board District 9 are in question because of a ballot mix-up. But the bigger problem may be that they don’t know how to fix it. 

The polling place at Danville Area Community College is split between County Districts 8 and 9. Some voters in District 8 were given ballots with District 9 candidates. But the mistake wasn’t caught until after many people already cast the wrong ballots. 

Bruce Stark is the one who caught the mistake.

He says, “I’ve been a county board member since 1997.” 

He was hoping to keep his seat on County Board District 9. Stark was running in the Democratic primary against Frank Hoskins and Diana Brenneman. When he went to cast his ballot, he noticed something odd. 

“When I got the ballot, I completed the front and went to the back and found that my name was not there.”

That’s when he realized the election judges gave him the wrong ballot. The executive director of the  election commission says this happened with a total of 20 Democratic voters that day. 

Sandy Delhaye says, “It was a human error. It was unfortunate but it was a human error.”

Now those votes are skewed. Delhaye called the State Board of Elections to figure out how to fix this. 

“It’s under investigation. We want to do what’s right and make sure were doing everything that’s humanly possible to make sure that’s taken care of.”

They told her they would come up with a solution and get back to her Thursday morning, but Stark says this isn’t the first time this has happened in the precinct.  

“This is going to be the second time that we’ve had an incident with voting. Two years ago, the same type of incident happened and there was a foul up with the election ballots.”

He says it all comes down to a simple mistake, but it matters to this candidate. 

“It is not okay. That’s my home precinct. Being a candidate, your home precinct is where you’re going to pick up the most votes.”

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