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June 02, 2006

Just waitin'

Talked with Don Johnston this afternoon. Like everybody else, he's just waiting for Tuesday to get here, so the ballots can be counted and the 17th District Dems will finally know who their congressional candidate will be.

Johnston, the district committeeman, said he thinks all the ballot problems have been solved.

The biggest -- the first list of elected precinct committeepeople he got from Sangamon County was 28 names short -- was caught the day the ballots were mailed. An updated list was obtained from the county clerk, and ballots sent to those who qualified to vote.

Hancock County's list included three appointed committeepeople -- the ballots sent them have been voided (each ballot has a security code; if a ballot with a voided code is received it won't be counted).

A couple of committeepeople said they didn't get their ballots; the first ones mailed were voided and new ones sent. Johnston said two ballots had the wrong number of weighted votes to be cast by the committeeperson.

His error, he said -- the ballots were voided and new ones were sent.

As of this afternoon, he said, all seems to be in order.

The committeepeople are mailing their filled-out ballots to a post office box in Rock Island. On Tuesday, at 11 a.m., a committee of five county clerks -- from Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Hancock and Macoupin counties -- will open the box and collect the ballots, along with a letter from the postmaster certifying that the box had not been previously opened.

The committee of clerks will take the ballots to the the county board room in the Rock Island County Office Building, open them and count them.

The person who gets the biggest number of the 30,000-plus votes to be cast will replace Lane Evans on the general election ballot.

Thus will end what likely has been the strangest congressional nomination in Illinois history; unless, of course, an unhappy loser seeks to appeal the process.

Posted by jcb at June 2, 2006 09:35 PM


Regarding tomorrow's big voting action, is this the calm before the storm? Darkness before the light? Or just a quiet Monday?

Posted by: Moline Dem at June 5, 2006 11:46 AM

jcb, will you be attending tomorrow's festivities?

Posted by: paladin at June 5, 2006 01:30 PM

So one seems to care about a lot of issues around here anymore.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 5, 2006 03:25 PM

Paladin -- I plan to attend, but I'm always at the mercy of events.

Posted by: jcb at June 5, 2006 03:39 PM

It's the anniversary of Robert Kennedy's assassination today (38 years ago today).
I usually make it a quiet day for myself and reflect on what might have been in America had RFK lived.

Posted by: Moline Dem at June 5, 2006 03:54 PM


Posted by: Anonymous at June 5, 2006 04:35 PM

This is the best day for democrats in the 17th distric. We will soon have "The Appointed One" to guide us thru the path to the Democratic win in November.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 6, 2006 07:51 AM

I find it interesting that so many ballots were missing today in the count for the congressional ballot. 47 seems like a lot.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 6, 2006 11:44 AM

I smell a law suit!

Posted by: Anonymous at June 6, 2006 03:14 PM