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Moreno Gets Bulk of Absentee Votes, but Top Challenger Still Won't Concede

By Alisa Hauser | February 27, 2015 5:15pm | Updated on March 2, 2015 8:34am
 First Ward Ald. Joe Moreno and his top challenger, Anne Shaw.
First Ward Ald. Joe Moreno and his top challenger, Anne Shaw.
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DALEY CENTER —  First Ward Ald. Joe Moreno, who narrowly won re-election on Tuesday, has inched up to 51 percent of the vote, having won the bulk of a new crop of just-counted ballots.

Fifty absentee ballots counted after Tuesday's election pushed Moreno from 50.9 to 51.0 percent of the vote, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, which has tallied votes received through Thursday.

Moreno now has 4,169 out of 8,162 votes cast, up from 4129 on Tuesday.

Moreno's top challenger, Anne Shaw, who got 2,022 votes, or 24.77 percent, said on Friday that she is not ready to concede.

"We are not conceding until March 12. We are not surprised that they are still doing these unethical things; we deserve better than this," Shaw said on Friday.

By "unethical things," Shaw was referring to the fact that two of Moreno's campaign workers were asked to leave the Daley Center on Friday, where the counting was taking place.

"If someone showed up without poll watcher credentials, we can't let them in," said Jim Allen, a  spokesman for the Election Board.

Allen said that a signature on a form submitted by the two poll watchers "could not be verified and was questioned."

Allen said he is not sure whose signature it was, but it was likely one of the candidate's signatures.

"It was all amicably worked out," Allen added.

Of the 8,162 votes cast, Ronda Locke trails Moreno and Shaw with 1,668, or 20.44 percent. Andrew Hamilton has 309, or 3.79 percent.

Allen said late-arriving ballots can be counted through March 10 if the ballots are postmarked on or before Feb. 23.  Also, any voter that casts a provisional ballot has until Tuesday to prove identity, voter status, or address.

"Provisional ballots are reviewed after March 3.  A provisional ballot is were the voter did not show up at the correct precinct, or a signature did not match, or the voter was registered in a different precinct. Nothing is final until the proclamation [on March 12]," Allen said.


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