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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, March 21, 2022

DUPAGE COUNTY CLERK’S 2020 GENERAL ELECTION AUDITOR RACE RESULTS STAND – DUPAGE COURT OF THE 18TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT RULES

Today Judge Craig R. Belford of the Court of the 18th Judicial Circuit ruled that Bill White “was, is and remains” the winner of the election for Auditor, as certified by the DuPage County Clerk’s Office in November 2020. The decision follows the first countywide recount in DuPage history and 15 months of litigation by Bob Grogan, White’s opponent in the election.  

Today’s decision follows the Court’s previous ruling on September 8th granting summary judgment against the Petitioner’s claim that there were more ballots than voters.  “The Court likes to be very clear on this. It certainly does not establish anything even suggesting or smacking of election fraud,” Belford stated. “The two numbers here, specifically the number of registered voters that Mr. Grogan was given, showing the number of registered voters as of December 4th and other number being the number of votes cast on Election Day, those two numbers simply have nothing to do with each other.  There’s no there there.”

“The recount did not change the result that Bill White was the certified winner,” DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek says. “For public trust in the foundation of democracy – our elections – we must accept the facts. The 2020 Election is over.”

As Patrick Bond, special counsel representing the DuPage County Clerk’s office, argued to the Court, the processes and procedures of the 2020 election have been more closely scrutinized than any election in DuPage County history.  

Despite local attempts to politicize and undermine faith in DuPage County elections that mirror the attacks on free and fair elections nationwide, today’s ruling confirmed the will of the voters has been reflected.  The losing candidate’s claims of election irregularities have been exhaustively analyzed, thoroughly heard and definitively refuted.  

“I am grateful to my professional staff and bipartisan election judges for their diligent oversight of the first countywide recount, especially during a pandemic,” Kaczmarek added. “Now my staff can finally put the 2020 election to rest and focus their full attention on this year’s upcoming elections.”