Former City Council Candidate Sues Election Commission

Amr Elsamny lost the primary by one vote

PEORIA - A former candidate for Peoria city council is suing the election commission.

Former candidate Amr Elsamny filed the lawsuit in Peoria County Court Wednesday night and blames the commission for a one vote difference in the city council primary election.

Elsamny lost by one vote to Robert Hanauer for the final at-large position after mail-in ballots were counted. He filed for a recount on Tuesday, but the ballot wouldn’t change unless a judge gets involved.

Elsamny says he has proof that the election commission lost several mail-in ballots, which cost him the election, and hopes to delay the April election until it’s investigated.

He did provide us with the name of one woman who he claims her ballot was lost, and says she could have been a deciding factor, but she did not want to comment when WMBD called her Wednesday afternoon.

Elsamny says he didn’t want to file the lawsuit, but thinks the commission should be investigated for its mail-in practices, which he says breaks the law.

“My assumption is they lost her ballot, because it was not there in the house and it came at a very critical time, it was very suspicious as well,” Elsamny said. “I do owe these voters, I do all of them an explanation, I owe a lot of them trust. They have believed in me, they have backed me up, you know supported me for a long time, so I would be letting down a lot of people if I do not do this.”

Elsamny has chosen to represent himself in this case, but says he’s getting advice from lawyers. He doesn’t know if a judge will be able to hear the case before the April election.

The election commission would not respond to this lawsuit.


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