Tuesday ballot count could alter 4 races in St. Clair County

News-DemocratApril 21, 2013 

AP GRAPHIC

A vote count Tuesday of provisional and late-arriving absentee ballots could alter four St. Clair County races in the April 9 election.

The ballots will be counted starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in a library on the first floor of the St. Clair County Building, St. Clair County Clerk Bob Delaney said.

The count could affect these close races where:

* Incumbent George Chance lost by eight votes -- 572-560 -- to Leonard "Len" Black for Caseyville mayor.

* Incumbent Tim Carpenter lost by one vote -- 287-286 -- to Johnnie Anthony in his bid to be re-elected Ward 4 alderman in Belleville.

* Incumbent Dorothy Meyer lost by three votes -- 316-313 -- to Janet Kay Schmidt in her bid to be a Ward 2 alderwoman in Belleville.

* John "Skip" Kernan lost by nine votes -- 1,443-1,434 -- to incumbent Mark W. Burk for St. Clair Township highway commissioner.

"Everybody in these races should know by about 10 a.m.," Delaney said.

Return to www.bnd.com for the latest results.

Three types of ballots will be counted:

* Provisional ballots -- ballots of residents who were not on the registered list of voters when they showed up to the polls to vote. The residents are allowed to vote on Election Day but their ballots are placed in a sealed envelope, then reviewed and counted after Election Day.

* Late-arriving absentee ballots -- ballots that were postmarked before Election Day that arrived after the election.

* Absentee ballots voided on Election Day -- ballots that were voided due to signature problems.

Delaney said his office sent letters to residents notifying them if there was an issue with their signature on the absentee ballot, as required by law. These residents have to go to the County Clerk's office and show proof of their identity.

There will be an official canvass April 30 to get the final, official count. Candidates can ask for a recount after the canvass.

Contact reporter Jacqueline Lee at jlee@bnd.com or 239-2655. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/BNDBelleville.

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