DuPage Election Commission Grilled Over Election Night Failure

Craig Dellimore
March 27, 2018 - 3:17 pm

WHEATON (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- DuPage County Board members today displayed anger and disbelief Tuesday as they learned why votes could not be counted until very late on Election Night earlier this month.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from the western suburbs.

DuPage Election Commission Director Joe Sobecki explained the county was initially unable to count its votes because the printer who made the cards that run through a tallying machine made the cards too thick.

County Board Member James Healy was incredulous: “Did you or your staff test just one sample box?”

The answer was no, they hadn't been tested, because there had been no problems in the past.

Joseph Sobecki, executive director of the DuPage Election Commission, describes elections materials that failed to work on Election Night. (Craig Dellimore/WBBM Newsradio)

The cards will be tested going forward. 

But DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and others wants the legislature to allow the Election Commission to be dissolved. Elections would be handled by the DuPage County Clerk’s Office.