UPDATED 5:10 P.M. | Mail-in and provisional ballots have flipped the results in a closely contested McLean County Board race.
On Tuesday, the Bloomington Election Commission counted outstanding ballots that were received after Nov. 3 but were postmarked by Election Day.
In County Board District 7 (east-central Bloomington), Democratic challenger Val Laymon received 23 additional votes, while Republican incumbent Jacob Beard received 4 votes and Libertarian candidate Darin George Kaeb received 2 votes.
"I certainly hope that this moment lets it be known that absolutely every vote matters," Laymon said.
Laymon said she felt confident mail in ballots would help her erase the 11-vote margin.
"Knowing that we were focusing on a lot of mail-in votes to be able to come in and swing it in our favor, I felt pretty good about it," Laymon said.
A victory for Laymon gives Democrats two additional seats on the County Board, trimming the Republicans' margin to 11-9.
Beard, who was present for Tuesday’s vote canvassing, said he hoped the mail-in ballots that arrived later wouldn’t swing as heavily Democratic as the early mail-in votes did.
“We felt the same-day vote, the votes on Election Day, were Republican and with those votes were coming in closer to Election Day based on the postmark, I was hopeful they would break closer to 50-50 but it turned out not to be that way,” Beard said.
Beard said he doesn’t know yet whether he will seek a recount.
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