Democrat takes lead in McHenry County race

 
 
Updated 11/10/2020 7:40 PM

Democrat Tanya Jindrich took the lead over Republican Mike Shorten for the second of two McHenry County Board seats representing District 3 when additional ballots were counted and added to unofficial results Tuesday.

The race was the only one to flip locally after the McHenry County clerk's office updated its totals with more mail-in ballots Tuesday afternoon.

 

County Clerk Joe Tirio said 6,023 ballots were added to the latest countywide count Tuesday evening, and no more counting would be reported until Nov. 17, the last day the clerk can receive mail-in ballots that had been postmarked by Nov. 3, when polls closed.

There were still 642 mail-in ballots that had been returned countywide and not yet counted after Tuesday's update, with 14,967 mail-in ballots requested but not yet received by election officials.

As long as ballots were postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 17, they will be counted. There also remained 1,211 provisional ballots from across the county that could be added to totals on Nov. 17.

That means the leaders in some of McHenry County's closer races could change once again.

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