There are 2,282 total votes in the county yet to be officially counted for Tuesday’s municipal elections, according to the Will County Clerk’s Office.
As of Thursday, there were 58 uncounted provisional ballots, 661 uncounted and returned vote by mail ballots and 1,563 mail-in ballots that have not been returned to the clerk’s office. Charles B. Pelkie, a spokesman for the clerk’s office, said those numbers will change as more mail-in ballots are returned and come in. Voters who requested a mail-in ballots had to fill in and post them by Tuesday, Election Day.
The unofficial number of votes cast on election night, along with the early votes cast through last Sunday, was 57,092, which was enough for just under a turnout rate of 13%. Assuming every one of the 2,282 ballots yet to be counted is counted and every mail-in ballot sent out is returned, the total votes cast could reach as high as about 59,000, which would increase the turnout rate to about 13.5%.
These uncounted votes could matter in a few very close races throughout the Will County area.
In the city of Braidwood, Robert Jones and incumbent Mayor Jim Vehrs are only separated by 38 votes. Braidwood does have two precincts in Grundy County. But, as of election night, there was only one vote cast in Grundy, and it was for the city’s former mayor, Rich Girot.
Candidates for Valley View School District 365U James “JT” Boudouris and Sandra Carlson are separated by 10 votes.
In the Wilmington aldermanic race for Ward 3, Ben Dietz leads Frances L. Tutor by seven votes. The clerk’s office also posted unofficial numbers of the write-in candidates running for the April 2 election.
Among the notable races in Will County, in the City of Braidwood mayoral race, William “Bill” Bose earned five votes and Joliet Central High School teacher Ernest Crim III earned 50 votes in his bid for the Joliet City Council District 3 race.
Aaron Raatjes, a candidate for the New Lenox School District 122 Board race, earned 400 votes for an unexpired two-year term.
Pelkie said the clerk’s office has to proof all ballots with a vote for a write-in candidate to ensure the vote is for a bona fide candidate.