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Election

DuPage County recorder candidate Khan gets recount after court order

Moon Khan
Moon Khan

After more than a month of decrying the results of the March 15 primary election, the write-in candidate for DuPage County recorder will get his recount.

Moon Khan, a Lombard Democrat, failed to receive the 844 required votes countywide to receive the nomination in March after having lost his official place on the ballot following a challenge to his signature total.

However, he fell only 145 votes short despite more than 4,000 people casting a write-in vote for the position.

On April 19, he received an official court order to initiate a recount at the DuPage County Circuit Court.

"This compromise should not sound like I am only interested in my own election," Khan said after the decision. "I want to see why it happened and how it can be reformed."

The deal struck between Khan's attorney, Keri-Lyn Krafthefer, and DuPage County Election Commission attorney Patrick Bond says the election commission will begin the recount in the next several days. It will begin with an "optical scan" of the paper ballots, as those have the highest likelihood of error despite being a minority of the votes cast, then move to the electronic ballots if need be.

The search will be carried out by a bipartisan team of judges selected by the chairmen of the DuPage Republican and Democratic parties, Bond said, estimating it would take a week and be open to the public.

To save money and time, the recount for Khan would stop if he reached the 844-vote threshold, Krafthefer said. Should he not receive the nomination, parties have until May 31 to nominate and collect signatures for a new candidate.

She said she not only believed the candidate would receive the nomination, but even with the possibly limited recount, it would be enough to show a flaw in the DuPage election process, pointing to an April 6 recount that awarded primary wins to a pair of Wayne Township Republican committeemen.

Khan said he hoped the recount could help spur changes to the process for future elections, calling for state lawmakers to create a built-in mechanism for triggering a recount.

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