The difference in the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District still stands at 143 votes.   Dr. David Gill leads Greene County State’s Attorney Matt Goetten  by this slim margin, out of 30,871 votes cast – a difference of .4 percent.   U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who lives in the district and supports Goetten, says there might have been irregularities worth investigating.


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“They had in two counties this unusual situation where the ballot wouldn’t fit in the machine to be read, and so they were trimming it and jamming it, and they’re not sure they counted all of them,” he said.   The counties affected were Christian, Bond, Dewitt, Macon, Macoupin and McLean, but the ballots there haven’t been examined to determine if there was any actual failure to count votes, or other discrepancies.   Also, the Goetten campaign says it appears there were a lot of voters in Macoupin County who voted for coroner but not Congress, which would be unusual, if true.

A discovery recount can be requested after the Board of Elections posts the results April 20. This would cost the complaining candidate $10 per precinct, and it will allow a recount of up to 25 percent of the precincts per county to see if there is evidence that votes were miscounted or not counted.  If that turns up evidence that the election is worth challenging, that is done through the courts.   The winner will face U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) in November in a district drawn to be hospitable to a Democrat.


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