The Recount Process
I’d like to thank everyone for their continued generous support. There is a lot to do in the next couple weeks. For now, no action can be taken until the County Clerk certifies the election on April 25th. We then have a five-day window to file for a Discovery Recount.
In the Discovery Recount, we are allowed to look at up to seven precincts in detail. We will look for discrepancies in any ballots, including undervotes. Should we find enough evidence that these discrepancies could influence the outcome of the election, we would then file a motion in the Circuit Court for a full recount of all precincts and all ballots. This two-step process is the unique way that Illinois handles its recounts. We are seeking to determine the clearest picture of what the voters intended.
The cost of this process is primarily for legal fees and can range between $5,000 and $15,000. We will take this process as far as we can in the interest of establishing the clearest intention of the voters. The only way to see if the 96 undervotes represent uncounted votes is to go through the recount process.
We are looking forward to seeing this process through to its end so that the entire community can move forward with full confidence in the next administration. Again, thank you so much for your ongoing support. We look forward to the results of these efforts.