BLOOMINGTON — All remaining ballots in the razor-thin race for Normal mayor will be revealed April 18.
That's when Mayor Chris Koos and challenger Marc Tiritilli, who so far have 3,113 and 3,106 votes, respectively, will learn who has won the April 4 contest and decide whether to request a recount.
Of 35 outstanding absentee ballots, 18 have arrived by mail at the McLean County Clerk's Office, which manages Normal elections; more can arrive, but they must have been postmarked by Tuesday. The office also has received four provisional ballots, said County Clerk Kathy Michael.
"(All ballots) will be reviewed and counted, or not counted, on the 18th," Michael said in a Facebook post. "Official results will be announced Tuesday, April 18. I'm not sure of the time; we will make it as early as we can. There is a 9 a.m. (McLean) County Board meeting, so it will be shortly after that meeting adjourns. We will post the final results on our website and Facebook page."
If a candidate decides to pursue a recount — Koos said he will if he trails after absentee ballots are counted, and Tiritilli prefers to have one either way — he will have until May 1 to request a "discovery" recount.
A discovery recount is inexpensive and includes only a few precincts, but helps reveal potential ballot problems to be settled in a full recount. Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner said a full recount could cost a candidate $20,000, and it could take a lot of time.
Candidates have 30 days after the April 25 canvass, when results become official, to request a full recount, said County Elections Director Denise Cesario. That puts the deadline at May 25.
The new mayor is currently scheduled to be sworn in at the Normal City Council meeting on May 1, said Normal Deputy Clerk Angie Huonker.
“We have no idea. That’s all up to the county," she said of what changes with a recount. "Until we’re told otherwise, Mayor Koos will function as our mayor.”