WBEZ | chicago board of election commissioners http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-board-election-commissioners Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en After fraud search, Illinois House challenger concedes defeat http://www.wbez.org/news/after-fraud-search-illinois-house-challenger-concedes-defeat-98719 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Guzzardi2scaled.jpg" style="margin: 6px 0px 0px 0px; float: left; width: 295px; height: 196px;" title="Will Guzzardi prepares volunteers Sunday night for a canvass of 39th&nbsp;District voters. He lost a March&nbsp;20 primary to incumbent Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)"></div><p>Six weeks since the Illinois primary, a Democratic challenger who tried to unseat a clout-heavy state House member on Chicago’s Northwest Side is finally conceding defeat.</p><p>Political newcomer Will Guzzardi came within 125 votes of Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios, who has held the 39th&nbsp;District seat for five terms. He alleged irregularities with the March 20 balloting and mounted an extraordinary <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/door-knockers-seek-fraud-illinois-house-race-98650">search for fraud</a>.</p><p>But Guzzardi did not file a complaint with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners or contest the results in Cook County Circuit Court. The deadline for the court challenge was Monday afternoon.</p><p>“Our attorney has indicated that [our evidence] is probably not enough to sustain a formal legal complaint,” Guzzardi wrote in a Tuesday message to his supporters. “I am formally conceding the election. I’d like to congratulate Representative Berrios.”</p><p>Guzzardi told WBEZ his showing in the race means something: “The machine isn’t invincible. Right up to Election Day, people thought we were foolish for even trying to take it on. The close result proves that organized people and organized communities can stand up to entrenched power.”</p><p>The Berrios campaign has bristled at suggestions that she depended on help she received from Democratic leaders such as her father, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who chairs the party’s county organization. “If [Guzzardi] wanted to run against the machine, he should have run against Joe,” Berrios spokesman Manuel Galvan said on Election Night.</p><p>Guzzardi, 25, said he would consider running for office again. After campaigning full-time for seven months, however, the Brown University graduate said his immediate task was lining up a job.</p><p>“All the issues we raised in the campaign — schools, the economy, foreclosures, government reform — are still pressing,” Guzzardi said. “I want to keep working on them.”</p></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 15:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/after-fraud-search-illinois-house-challenger-concedes-defeat-98719 Door knockers seek fraud in Illinois House race http://www.wbez.org/news/door-knockers-seek-fraud-illinois-house-race-98650 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Guzzardi1CROPSCALEsmaller.jpg" style="height: 249px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="Will Guzzardi prepares volunteers Sunday night for their canvass of voters in District 39. He lost a March 20 primary to incumbent Rep. Toni Berrios, D-Chicago, by 125 votes. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)"></div><p>After an extraordinary search for fraud, the losing candidate in an Illinois House primary last month says he is considering a last-minute legal challenge to expose “corruption” tied to one of the state’s strongest political chiefs.</p><p>Monday is the last day for 39th District challenger Will Guzzardi to file a petition in Cook County Circuit Court to contest his March 20 loss to Rep. Maria Antonia “Toni” Berrios (D-Chicago), who won by 125 votes, or 1.58 percent, of the 7,917 ballots cast.</p><p>The Guzzardi campaign alleges more than a half dozen Election Day irregularities, including a missing precinct voter list, a poll that opened nearly an hour late and inappropriate contact between Berrios operatives and voters. A discovery recount, Guzzardi adds, turned up too many ballot application signatures that don’t resemble what appears on voter registrations.</p><p>On Sunday night, Guzzardi sent out five volunteers to finish a door-to-door canvass to see if those voters cast the ballots. “We want to make sure that voters in this district [and] people around the city can have faith in the election so we can make sure that elections represent the will of the people,” Guzzardi said.</p><p>Berrios spokesman Manuel Galvan said her campaign would not comment unless Guzzardi made his complaints formal.</p><p>“Will has been making these allegations since the election but has never filed them with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, which is what you would do if you had allegations that you were able to substantiate,” Galvan said.</p><p>Board spokesman Jim Allen said door-to-door canvasses seeking signs of election fraud are rare. “I’ve never heard of it in my six years with the board,” Allen said.</p><p>The district includes parts of several Northwest Side neighborhoods, including Logan Square, Hermosa and Belmont Cragin. Berrios has represented it since 2003.</p><p>The Guzzardi campaign has aimed much of its criticism at her father, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who is the county’s Democratic chair and the longtime committeeman of Chicago’s 31st Ward, which covers much of the district. Powerful committeemen often have some influence over the election judges in their ward.</p></p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/door-knockers-seek-fraud-illinois-house-race-98650 Suburbs, 14 Chicago wards head to polls http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/suburbs-14-chicago-wards-head-polls-84748 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-22/polling place web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Polls open around Illinois at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning.</p><p>The media glare's been a bit less bright since Rahm Emanuel breezed past his opponents to win the Chicago mayor's office without a runoff. But much more has to be settled.</p><p>Voters in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-04-04/chicago-runoff-muscle-whos-backing-whom-and-how-much-cash-84680">14 Chicago wards</a> - from the South Side to the far North side - will pick their aldermen.</p><p>In suburban Cook County, <a href="http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/2011Elections/Pages/4511Candidates.aspx">more than 700 elected posts</a> are up for grabs. <a href="http://cdn2.wbez.org/story/alex-lopez/suburban-cook-voters-pick-19-mayors-84553#">Nineteen mayors or village presidents</a> will be elected - in Country Club Hills, Schaumburg, Oakbrook and more.</p><p>Also, more than two dozen <a href="http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/2011Elections/Pages/April52011Referenda.aspx">referenda</a> are before suburban Cook voters, with ten of them <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/cook-county-illinois/suburbs-voting-tax-hikes-84550">focusing on property taxes</a>, and two that focus on block parties.</p><p>Polls close at 7 o'clock tonight.</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 09:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/suburbs-14-chicago-wards-head-polls-84748 Some runoffs attract hundreds of early voters, others get forgotten http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-doherty/some-runoffs-attract-hundreds-early-voters-others-get-forgotten-84201 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/voting booth chicago - Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There's one week to go for early voting ahead of the April 5th elections. In Chicago, some aldermanic runoff races are getting a lot more attention than others from voters.<br /><br />There are 14 Chicago runoffs, and one of them is getting more than its share of early voting love. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, the 41st Ward on the Northwest Side attracted more than 1,600 early voters through Wednesday. It's a tight race, an open seat where the current alderman, Brian Doherty, is retiring.</p><p>Another aldermanic race getting a lot of attention is the the 6th Ward on the South Side, where Ald. Freddrenna Lyle faces a challenge from the son of former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer. In excess of a thousand early ballots have been cast in that election.</p><p>On the other side of the popularity scale is a nearby ward on the South Side. The 15th has the lowest turnout so far during early voting, with under 150 voters. The incumbent alderman there, Toni Foulkes, faces Raymond Lopez, a 32-year-old Southwest Airlines employee.<br /><br />There are 43 early voting sites scattered across suburban Cook County, which has more than 700 local races going on - ranging from school board members to mayors to fire protection district trustees.</p><p>According to Cook County Clerk David Orr's office, the busiest site so far is an ice rink in north suburban Wilmette, followed by the city hall in south suburban Chicago Heights.</p><p>Early voting continues through next Thursday, Mar. 31.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Turnout for early voting in Chicago, by ward<br /></strong></p><p><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style></p><table height="430" align="center" width="122" class="tableizer-table" style=""> <tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Ward</th><th>Early voters*</th></tr> <tr><td>41</td><td style="text-align: right;">1634</td></tr> <tr><td>6</td><td style="text-align: right;">1077</td></tr> <tr><td>50</td><td style="text-align: right;">842</td></tr> <tr><td>43</td><td style="text-align: right;">772</td></tr> <tr><td>45</td><td style="text-align: right;">705</td></tr> <tr><td>36</td><td style="text-align: right;">659</td></tr> <tr><td>46</td><td style="text-align: right;">624</td></tr> <tr><td>17</td><td style="text-align: right;">476</td></tr> <tr><td>24</td><td style="text-align: right;">440</td></tr> <tr><td>25</td><td style="text-align: right;">371</td></tr> <tr><td>20</td><td style="text-align: right;">320</td></tr> <tr><td>38</td><td style="text-align: right;">302</td></tr> <tr><td>16</td><td style="text-align: right;">196</td></tr> <tr><td>15</td><td style="text-align: right;">148</td></tr> <tr><td><strong>Total</strong></td><td style="text-align: right;"><strong>8566</strong></td></tr></tbody></table> <p style="text-align: right;">* Totals are up to date as of Wednesday.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><em>This story was corrected at 11:51 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 25 to fix a typo.</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-doherty/some-runoffs-attract-hundreds-early-voters-others-get-forgotten-84201 Chicago, suburbs head to polls; investigators on hand http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-municipal-election/chicago-suburbs-head-polls-investigators-hand <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/2011ballotreceipt.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]--></p> <div>Election Day is finally here. Voters in Chicago and a handful of suburbs can go to the polls from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A little over five months ago when Chicago Mayor Richard Daley dropped the big news, saying, &quot;I will not seek a seventh term as mayor of the city of Chicago.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It set off the biggest city election in two decades. This is the first Chicago mayoral election since 1947 with no sitting mayor on the ballot.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Chicago voters will also pick a new city clerk, and there are multiple candidates in 43 out of the 50 aldermanic races.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In any of those contests, if no single candidate wins more than 50 percent today, the top two vote getters will advance to a runoff election on April 5th.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Also today, there are a spattering of suburban races for trustee and alderman in Dolton, South Holland, North Chicago and Waukegan.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Meanwhile, Chicago election officials say they are stepping up efforts to deal with any problems on Election Day. Langdon Neal is chairman of the election board.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He says over 300 investigators will be on hand to respond to any concerns about electioneering in campaign-free zones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;Many of our candidates and especially our neophyte candidates may not quite understand how that works and how vigorously we defend that,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;So that&rsquo;s one of the reasons we have an extra number of investigators available to protect our voters in and out and in front of the polling place.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In Illinois it's illegal to campaign within 100 feet of a polling place. Officials say if electioneers refuse to leave campaign-free zones they can be arrested. One area that election officials will be keeping a close eye on is the 24th ward where there are 18 candidates on the ballot.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ll have a lot of investigators in and around the 24th ward,&rdquo; Neal said. &ldquo;When we have wards with a large number of candidates that signals to us to pay special attention to those areas.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Neal told reporters that he predicts there will be runoffs at least half of the 43 contested aldermanic races.</div></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 12:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-municipal-election/chicago-suburbs-head-polls-investigators-hand Want to vote early? Thursday's your last chance. http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/want-vote-early-thursdays-your-last-chance <p><p>Thursday is the final day to vote ahead of Chicago's city elections next Tuesday.</p><p>Registered voters can cast ballots early at 51 locations around the city, including many libraries, city colleges and parks buildings. The process was interrupted by the blizzard a couple weeks ago, which shuttered almost all the polling sites for two days.<br /><br />Nonetheless, early voting this year has already doubled the total from the 2007 elections, when about 24,000 Chicagoans came out. That was the first municipal election in which early voting was offered.<br /><br />Chicagoans 55 and older have been most interested in casting their ballots early this year, according to numbers provided by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. Through Sunday, more than half of all early voters fit into that age group.<br /><br />Early voting is billed as a chance for voters to avoid the crowds that sometimes clog polling places on Election Day. It also means candidates are left with fewer voters to try to sway in the final weekend of the campaign.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 23:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/want-vote-early-thursdays-your-last-chance The real voter registration deadline: 6 p.m. Tuesday http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/real-voter-registration-deadline-6-pm-tuesday <p><p>Chicago residents who have not yet registered to vote have just a few hours left to do so if they want to help pick a new mayor.<br /><br />The traditional deadline for voter registration passed weeks ago, but what's called &ldquo;grace period registration&rdquo; continues through Tuesday.<br /><br />Chicagoans need to bring two forms of identification, including one with their current address, to the election board headquarters downtown. Registrations will be accepted until 6 p.m., according to election board spokesman Jim Allen.<br /><br />Through Monday, Allen said, 962 people had taken advantage of the grace period. That's nearly triple the number who did so during the last municipal election, in 2007.<br /><br />Time is also running out for early voting. That is taking place at 51 locations around Chicago and is open to people who're already registered but don't want to vote the old fashioned way, on Election Day. Early voting ends on Thursday.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-board-election-commissioners/real-voter-registration-deadline-6-pm-tuesday Chicago's early voting sites expected to reopen Friday http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chicagos-early-voting-sites-expected-reopen-friday <p><p>Early voting in Chicago is expected to restart Friday morning at locations across the city. All but one of the polling sites have been shut down since the blizzard arrived.<br /> <br /> The <a href="http://www.chicagoelections.com/page.php?id=9">50 early voting sites in Chicago's neighborhoods</a> - one in each ward - have been closed since Tuesday.<br /> <br /> &quot;We couldn't get employees to those locations,&quot;&nbsp;said Jim Allen, spoksman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. &quot;Even if we did get employees to those locations, it's very doubtful that voters would have been able to get to those locations.&quot;<br /> <br /> Allen notes that many of the early voting sites are at parks buildings and libraries that've been closed up the past couple days.<br /> <br /> The one polling location that's remained open all week is the election board's downtown office. Allen says fewer than 50 people cast ballots there on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> State law does not allow for any make-up days, and Allen does not expect the blizzard closures to affect final turnout.<br /> <br /> &quot;We think the same people who would've turned out the last couple of days will find time in their schedule in the next week or so and just pick another date,&quot; Allen said.<br /> <br /> Early voting continues through February 17th.</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/business/chicagos-early-voting-sites-expected-reopen-friday Illinois Supremes: Emanuel to stay on ballot http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel/ilinois-supremes-emanuel-stay-ballot <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_0017_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Rahm Emanuel will stay on the ballot. That's the word from the Illinois Supreme Court.&nbsp; In a stinging rebuke, the Court overturned an appellate court ruling that found Emanuel failed to meet a one-year residency requirement to run for Chicago mayor. The Supreme Court majority opinion said the &quot;novel standard adopted by the appellate court majority is without any foundation in Illinois law. &quot;</p><p>The justices unanimously found that the appellate court was wrong in overruling decisions by the Chicago Election Board and a Cook County Circuit Court judge that Emanuel had fulfilled residency requirements.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;Only when abandonment is proven is residency lost,&quot; according to the majority ruling.&nbsp; &quot;Again, because it is uncontested that the candidate was a Chicago resident at least until January 2, 2009, when he resigned his office as Representative from the Fifth Congressional District of Illinois, the Board correctly determined that the relevant question was not whether the candidate had established residency in Chicago, but rather whether the objectors had proved by a preponderance of the evidence that thecandidate had abandoned that residency at any time during the one year period before the February 22, 2011, election.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>In explaining its decision further, the Supreme Court majority wrote:&nbsp; &quot;So there will be no mistake, let us be entirely clear. This court&rsquo;s<br />decision is based on the following and only on the following: (1) what it means to be a resident for election purposes was clearly established long ago, and Illinois law has been consistent on the matter since at least the 19th Century; (2) the novel standard adopted by the appellate court majority is without any foundation in Illinois law; (3) the Board&rsquo;s factual findings were not against the manifest weight of the evidence; and (4) the Board&rsquo;s decision was not clearly erroneous.&quot;</p><p>The decision likely ends the months-long debate over whether Emanuel's time living in Washington, D.C. while working as President Obama's chief of staff meant that he had given up his Chicago residency. A former congressman from the city's North Side, Emanuel has insisted he always intended to return to Chicago after completing his White House service.<br /><br />This fall, more than two dozen objections were filed with the Chicago Board of Elections seeking to have Emanuel removed from the ballot. The hearings that followed included a nearly 12-hour testimony from Emanuel himself. A hearing officer eventually ruled in favor of the candidate, a recommendation confirmed by the three commissioners on the election board.<br /><br />On judicial review, the decision was upheld by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mark Ballard, but reversed by a state appellate court panel this past Monday. In a 2-to-1 ruling, the appeals court found that Emanuel was indeed eligible to vote in the February 22nd election, but was not eligible to be a candidate. <br /><br />Less than a day later, Emanuel's team appealed the decision, and within hours the Supreme Court agreed to consider the case on an expedited basis. At roughly the same time, the court ordered the election board to include Emanuel's name on all ballots it was printing while the appeal was still under consideration.</p><p>The state Supreme Court's decision to keep Emanuel on the ballot likely ends the ballot challenge. Earlier this month, lawyers for both sides acknowledged there was no U.S. Constitutional issue that could land the case in the federal courts.<br /><br />Emanuel returned to Chicago in October of 2010. This followed the announcement by longtime Mayor Richard Daley that he would not seek re-election to the office.</p><p>In a recent <em>Chicago Tribune</em> poll taken before the appeals court ruling, Emanuel held a wide lead over the five other candidates in the race. Emanuel was garnering 44 percent, with former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun winning 21 percent. Gery Chico, a former school board head appointed by Daley, had 16 percent, with City Clerk Miguel del Valle at 7 percent.</p><p>Former non-profit director Patricia Van Pelt Watkins and community activist and frequent candidate Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls are also on the ballot.</p><p><em>Cate Cahan contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 22:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel/ilinois-supremes-emanuel-stay-ballot Not too late to register to vote http://www.wbez.org/story/absentee-ballot/not-too-late-register-vote <p><p>The voter registration deadline for Chicago's February election passed earlier this week, but tardy residents are not yet out of luck. Grace period registration is now taking place.</p><p>&quot;[This] allows the procrastinators who have not registered to actually register,&quot; explained Langdon Neal, chair of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.</p><p>Normally, these late comers must vote on the spot, right when they register. Except, this year,&nbsp; things are being done a bit differently.</p><p>That's because of all the confusion caused by ballot challenges, including the pending court case involving Rahm Emanuel's candidacy for mayor. So instead of voting immediately, grace period voters will be handed an application for an absentee ballot.</p><p>&quot;And then when there's certainty to the ballot to the ballot style, we'll mail them a ballot,&quot; Neal said. &quot;They'll be entitled to send it in as an absentee ballot.</p><p>Grace period registration is offered through February 15th at the election board's downtown headquarters.</p></p> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/absentee-ballot/not-too-late-register-vote