Cook County Assessor candidate cries foul over election

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CHICAGO — A candidate for Cook County Assessor says her election defeat was not fair.

Fritz Kaegi (49%) defeated incumbent Joseph Berrios (34%) and Andrea Raila (21%).

But Raila is calling for an independent investigation.

A petition challenge left her candidacy in jeopardy until less than a week before Tuesday’s election.

But some election judges received conflicting instructions and announced that votes for her would not count.

The Raila campaign says there were green and white notices at polling places that read, “Andrea Raila was REMOVED as a candidate for County Assessor by court order. Votes for Andrea Raila will NOT be counted or reported.”

A judge denied an emergency motion to void the election.

“Given the gross violation of our constitutional voting rights, in the Assessor’s race and the serious breach of election integrity, the election results should not be certified until an independent investigation takes place,” Raila said in a statement. “Certifying the election without an independent investigation would ignore the overwhelming number of votes that were suppressed in this election. and would add to the evidence of fraud with the voters.”

The Raila campaign is blaming Cook County Clerk David Orr, Chicago Board of Elections Executive Director Lance Gough, and Board Commissioners Marisol A. Hernandez, William J. Kresse and Jonathan T. Swain.

“We do not have to worry about the Russians who hacked 21 of our state’s elections, our local election have been hacked right here in Illinois,” said the campaign in a statement. “Thousands of voters cannot be disenfranchised and result in Clerk Orr merely excusing himself or the other Election Commissioners simply saying it was a regrettable mistake.

Kaegi said Raila and Berrios called to congratulate him.

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