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Election

DuPage County write-in recorder candidate files suit for recount

Moon Khan
Moon Khan

A Democratic candidate for DuPage County recorder has filed suit asking for an official recount, mere days after two Republican committeemen won seats in a recount.

Moon Khan of Lombard was an uncontested write-in candidate for the nomination in the March 15 primary election after he lost his place on the ballot following a challenge to his signature total.

He then went forward with a visible write-in campaign but fell 145 votes short of the required 844 votes to secure the nomination – despite more than 4,000 people voting for the recorder's position.

Khan and his attorney, Keri-Lyn J. Krafthefer, state in the legal complaint that they have "information from several voters in their precincts indicating that many voters cast valid write-in votes for the Petitioner at the election, either in person or by mail, that have not yet been counted."

In fact, Khan alleges he, his wife, his son and a neighbor all voted for him in his home precinct of York Township 10, but he only received one official vote.

The complaint goes on to list several other individuals who say they voted for Khan but did not have any votes tallied for him in their precincts.

It also cites the recent recount for five Wayne Township precinct committeemen, which led to an April 6 recount showing two had indeed met the 10-vote threshold officially required to win their spots.

With those few precincts finding a relatively large number of extra votes, the complaint believes it is "likely" a recount could find at least another 145 votes for Khan's campaign, chalking up the "systemic failure" to fewer election judges and higher turnout in the primaries but refusing to allege any degree of intentional fraud.

In the weeks since the election, DuPage County Election Commission officials have been willing to do a recount, but they had to wait to do an official one until a court order came through.

Commission Executive Director Robert Saar previously ruled out a machine or software failure but acknowledged the possibility of human error in incorrectly identifying names on write-in ballots.

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