Slowly but surely Illinois counties are nearing the end of the provisional ballot process. In McLean County, the city of Bloomington had 64 provisional ballots and 14 were counted. Bloomington and McLean County seemed to follow a statewide trend where hundreds of provisional ballots were thrown out because there was no evidence to show the voters were registered.
The McLean County clerk believes the provisional ballot system "largely failed and needs to be fixed." However...
"We had people driving through McLean County from Cook County who stopped to vote," Milton said. "Those votes cannot be counted." It looks to me as though the provisional ballots worked as they should, in other words, ballots were not counted when given to people who did not live in the correct precinct or county.
In suburban Cook County about half the provisional ballots were thrown out. In most cases the reason these ballots did not count was because a person attempted to vote who was not registered or was in the wrong precinct. Maybe those Cook County voters should have been down in McLean and vice versa.
Get out the vote campaigns were one of the major stories of this election, but largely ignored by so many was the very real fact that you have to be registered to vote and you have to be registered by a certain length of time before the election. At least in Illinois you can't just walk into a precinct and register that day. Voters simply have to take some responsibility and make some effort to get themselves legally on the voter rolls. It isn't difficult, actually it is much easier than getting a driver's license and no one is complaining about having to do that.
But I mean, getting off the highway and trying to vote in a strange city? Come on.