Let me begin by congratulating Bill Foster in his special election win.
We will be cheering him on in the special election.
This is what we know with respect to the regular primary election that was held on February 5th.
Currently, we know that there is a difference of 355 votes out of 75,000 votes cast in a historic Democratic turnout for this district. This is less than 1 vote per precinct.
Yesterday, February 7th was the first day when election officials could begin to count provisional ballots. As of today, there are a significant number of provisional and absentee ballots that remain uncounted.
We have been in close contact with officials in the 9 jurisdictions throughout the 14th Congressional District. And I would like to express my appreciation to all of the election judges who had to deal with the challenges that came with three elections in a very short period of time. It has been challenging for many of them and we are grateful for their continued effort to help us resolve some of the unknowns as we await the process.
By Illinois Statute, provisional and absentee ballots must be counted by February 19th. The regular primary must be certified by March 7th.
While we are awaiting the official election results, we remain committed to the Democratic process.
The next question I would like to answer is what is next for John Laesch?
I became involved in electoral politics because I disagreed with 2003 pre-emptive war policy and invasion of Iraq. I chose to run for United States Congress in 2005 after my brother received his orders to go to Baghdad. I have stated consistently that I will remain involved in electoral politics until every single U.S. soldier is safely home from Iraq.
My younger brother, Sgt. Pete Laesch voted with an absentee ballot on February 5th.
As of today, my brother’s vote has not been counted.
We have no choice but to await the final results of the February 5th Primary Election.”