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Over 1,500 incomplete ballots given out to Winnebago County absentee and early walk-in voters

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WREX) - An election error in Winnebago County means 1,500 absentee and early election ballots already sent out are incomplete.

Missing on the ballot? The Winnebago County Forest Preserve Commissioner's race.

A mistake that will cost the county $50,000.

In that race, three candidates are vying for one six-year position as commissioner.

The mistake came when Winnebago County sent the ballot to the Rockford Board of Elections without the information for that race.

The board is trying to fix the problem.

However, there may not be a solution for early walk-in voters who've already voted.

Those votes are already being counted.

For absentee voters, a substitute ballot will be sent to them to fill out and re-vote.

"To the extent that the corrected ballot does not get returned, but the earlier one did, they would count the votes from the earlier one and that person would just miss on this office," Illinois State Board of Elections Deputy General Council, Ken Menzel said.

Early walk-in voting is suspended until Monday.

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