Votes still being counted in House 45 contest

Republican Deanne Mazzochi was in the lead for the 45th District House seat when The Hinsdalean compiled its unofficial election results last week, but the race remained undecided as of press time this week.

“The race is still too close to call,” Mazzochi wrote in an email Wednesday.

The incumbent state representative filed a complaint against Jean Kaczmarek, DuPage County Clerk, and her Democratic opponent, Jenn Ladisch Douglass, in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court to “stop ongoing violations of the Election Code by the defendant and to uphold the integrity of the election process within DuPage County generally and for Illinois House of Representatives District 45 in particular.” The complaint goes on to allege the clerk was not properly verifying signatures on mail-in ballots.

Judge James Orel granted Mazzochi’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, prohibiting the county clerk from using any signature on a “vote by mail” application in connection with validating signatures on a ballot and requiring the use of the signature on the voter’s registration on file.

Douglass could not be reached for comment prior to deadline.