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Election Results For Many Illinois Races Will Come November 17th

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Many races in Illinois won’t see results until next Tuesday. 

Winnebago County received many more mail-in ballots than previous years due to the coronavirus. The backlog of ballots is keeping election authorities busy trying to clear it. Winnebago County Clerk Lori Gummow said it’s important to not fall for fake reports since final election results aren’t out yet. 

“There’s a lot of misinformation and disinformation that’s out there," Gummow said. "We need to make sure that we’re looking to our election authorities or official reporting, so that we know that the information out there is correct and that every vote will be counted.” 

As of Monday, there were more than 5,000 mail-in ballots in Winnebago County that still needed to be counted by election authorities. In Illinois, mail-in ballots can be received and still be counted through November 17th.

Some races, such as the one for Winnebago County Board Chairman, have been called because one candidate conceded after initial numbers showed a clear majority. But others, such as the Illinois House 68th District Race between John Cabello and Dave Vella, won’t be resolved until Tuesday of next week.