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State's Attorney's Office fields few complaints during midterm election

Despite a higher than normal voter turnout for a midterm election, there were relatively few complaints to the Kane County State's Attorney's election complaint line for the Nov. 6 general election.
Despite a higher than normal voter turnout for a midterm election, there were relatively few complaints to the Kane County State's Attorney's election complaint line for the Nov. 6 general election.

ST. CHARLES – Despite a higher than normal voter turnout for a midterm election, there were relatively few complaints to the Kane County State's Attorney's election complaint line for the Nov. 6 general election.

Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon talked abut the election complaint line during his monthly media briefing on Dec. 4. Kane County's voter turnout on Nov. 6 was 54.7 percent, compared to 47.74 percent for the midterm election in November 2014.

The State's Attorney's Office received 22 calls on its election complaint line. The majority of those complaints were from voters who did not recall seeing a particular race on their ballot.

In addition, the office received four complaints about possible electioneering and four complaints about election judges or polling place arrangements. There were also three inquiries about poll watcher rights.

There was a complaint from a voter who wanted to vote on a paper ballot instead of a machine ballot and another voter was unhappy about a polling place change. One polling place ran out of registration forms.

The largest number of complaints – eight – were reported in Elgin. Geneva and Aurora both had five complaints and St. Charles had one complaint. With three of the complaints, the location was not provided.

"There was nothing out of the ordinary," McMahon said. "There were some complaints about why people were allowed to register and then vote on the same day. It really was part of an explanation about what the law is and how that works. We had some questions about the qualifications and credentials of election judges. Those were all resolved."

McMahon said he was pleased the day went so smoothly, especially given the amount of interest in the election.

"Given the really significant increase in voter turnout, I'm pleased with how Election Day went," he said.

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