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Robert Getz ElgCommunity College trustee

Robert Getz, Elgin Community College trustee

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Updated: December 29, 2012 6:20AM

ELGIN — The Kane County Board of Elections has finished counting provisional and absentee ballots in the tight race for the Kane County Board seat in the 22nd District, and the official results are even tighter than they were on election night.

That night had ended with Republican Douglas Scheflow 18 votes ahead of Democrat Bob Getz in the west-side Elgin district.

The official count, submitted to the state and posted online Tuesday, declared Scheflow the winner by just 13 votes, according to Kane County Chief Deputy Clerk Stan Bond. And that means the race will go to a “demonstration recount” at Getz’s request, Bond said.

“Don’t let anybody ever tell you your vote isn’t important. One vote from each precinct would have done it” for Getz, said Kane County Clerk John Cunningham.

A total 7,043 ballots were cast in the 10 precincts of the 22nd district, including 206 absentee and provisional ballots, Bond said. Of those, Scheflow received 3,528 votes and Getz, 3,515, he said.

Getz since has given the board of elections a letter requesting a demonstration recount, Bond said. That means the Democrat can choose two precincts, about 25 percent of all precincts in the district, to be recounted to make sure the original count had been done accurately, the chief deputy clerk said.

After that, if the count proves accurate, the candidate still could request a full recount of the ballots at his own expense, he said.

Cunningham said he was confident in the quality and accuracy of the original count, especially now with Kane County’s electronic voting machines. And, he said, the recount shouldn’t take very long — just a few days.

Meantime, the county clerk said, he thought Scheflow still would be sworn in Monday alongside the other newly elected county officials.

Getz said in an email to supporters shortly after the election earlier this month that he plans to continue his role as an Elgin Community College trustee and self-described “curmudgeon who watches the budget.” Neither he nor Scheflow could be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.

“They’re both nice people, and whoever it is will make a fine addition to the board,” Cunningham said.

“Mr. Getz is a real gentleman, and so is Mr. Scheflow.”

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