Lee seeks recount in Buffalo Grove trustee April election
Soojae Lee, who finished out of the running for Buffalo Grove trustee by two votes, is filing for a full recount.
Lee's action, which will be heard in Cook and Lake counties, comes days after a discovery recount in both counties revealed no change in the April result, which showed David Weidenfeld the winner.
"We looked through it and I feel that there is probably enough room where I may be able to pick up three votes. We're talking about, what, 4,900 ballots here," said Lee, who filed Thursday. "We wanted to make sure the voter intent is captured."
Weidenfeld said he received word Thursday night by voicemail from Lee saying he "wanted to let me know and give me the courtesy of letting me know before I got served."
Regarding the discovery recount, he said, "No irregularities were discovered in that process, and Soojae picked the precincts."
Lee said he will be representing himself in the recount. "If it doesn't change, and if he wins by two votes, I'll be more than happy to pick up my phone and say 'Dave, congratulations,'" he said.
Weidenfeld said he will be using outside representation. His attorney during the discovery recount was Mike Kasper, who has represented House Speaker Michael Madigan. The bill, Weidenfeld said, "should be pretty significant, which is fascinating for a $4,000 a year job."