A team of election judges and staff members from the Will County Clerk’s Office counted the remaining provisional and mail-in ballots for the Nov. 6 general election Tuesday morning.
After the final tally, the number of votes cast for the election stood at 249,682. That’s a turnout rate of 58.11 percent, up from the 197,970 ballots cast and a 51.02 percent turnout rate from 2014, the last time Illinois elected a governor.
Election judges made sure provisional ballots left to count were submitted by voters registered in Will County and that ballots were found inside sealed envelopes. They also checked to see if voters changed their name or address, or were purged from the voter rolls via the National Voter Registration Act or the Illinois Voter Registration System.
The only area race that was particularly close was for the Illinois 97th District, between incumbent Mark Batinick, a Republican from Plainfield, and Mica Freeman, a former teacher from Plainfield.
As of election night, Batinick led Freeman by 692 votes, according to unofficial Will and Kendall County records.
After all ballots were counted, Freeman managed to cut Batinick’s lead by about 100 votes. Batinick beat Freeman by a margin of 50.66 percent to 49.33 percent, about a 1.3 percentage point margin.