At In These Times, author and journalist Rick Perlstein covers reports from some Chicago voters claiming that they received paper ballots today that were pre-marked for Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) in his runoff election against the more progressive Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D). … Perlstein details a few other similar reported incidents of pre-marked ballots from around the city in the election which the local CBS affiliate is now calling for Emanuel. The Chicago Board of Elections website currently shows Emanuel leading Garcia 56% to 44% with over 79% of precincts reporting at this moment.
The website DNAInfo, however, dismisses the reports as “Facebook rumors”, bluntly describing them as “false”, based largely on a response from a Board of Elections official…
“If someone is suggesting that the judges somewhere are trying to slip one past our voters, I think you’re insulting the intelligence of our voters,” Board spokesman Jim Allen is quoted as telling DNAInfo. “If it were a conspiracy, it would probably be the least effective conspiracy in the history of conspiracies.”
The website also reports “voters at the precinct in question, at Kozminski Community Academy…also hadn’t heard of any problems.” They go on to quote a single voter who says “There were no problems at all, totally routine.”