Man who lost Kane County election by 13 votes wants recount

Bob Getz, who lost a Kane County Board race Nov. 6, Friday filed paperwork seeking a discovery recount. That will not, however, stop Douglas Scheflow from being sworn into office Monday, an election official said.

According to official results, posted to the county’s website earlier this week, Scheflow won by 13 votes. Both men live in Elgin and were running for a seat in the 22nd District, which includes Elgin and Elgin Township. Scheflow, 55, a Republican, remains the winner unless a judge determines otherwise.

“The election results are official and certified, so the recount will have no impact on the swearing in, or election of Mr. Scheflow,” Stan Bond, Kane County’s chief deputy clerk, said Friday afternoon.

Unofficial results showed Scheflow beating Getz by 18 votes, but authorities determined that Getz picked up five absentee votes.

Getz, 69, is only allowed to have two of the 10 precincts recounted and has requested the 7th and 43rd precincts. He said he’s looking for possible errors on absentee ballots.

If the recount shows he got more votes than Scheflow, Getz will have to bring the matter before a judge, who would ultimately make a ruling. The recount has not been scheduled.

“If I don’t get any (votes), there’s no use in going further,” Getz said. “At that point, I would expect to concede.”

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