One of the tighter races in the spring primary is finally final, after a judge hearing a challenge threw out 19 absentee ballots in the race for the Democratic nod in Macoupin County Board District 2. They all came from a Bunker Hill senior care center, and the result is Ollie Schwallenstecker will be on the ballot for the general election this fall, and Gary Rull will not.
Following the March 20 primary, Francis Wieseman had 345 votes, Rull had 298, and Schwallenstecker 289. With the votes thrown out and a new calculation, Schwallenstecker wins by less than five full votes. The lawsuit claimed none of the 20 applicants for the absentee ballots at the senior care center had applied by mail for an official ballot, none were completed by the designated deadline, and none of the applicants personally delivered the ballots to the Macoupin County Clerk's office.