Steve Hagerty’s campaign manager, Sean Tenner, says he’s confident Hagerty’s 159-vote election night margin in the race for mayor will hold up as late mail-in ballots are counted.

Tenner says the count of mail-in ballots that were postmarked by the election-day deadline but have arrived since then stood at 190 as of last night.

In addtition there are 123 provisional ballots that haven’t been counted — most cast by people who requested an absentee ballot but never got one in the mail and so chose to vote on election day instead.

“To tie us,” Tenner says, Hagerty’s opponent Mark Tendam would have to get 75.4 percent of those ballots, and “in none of the precincts that he won did his victory margin come anywhere close to that.”

Tenner says Hagerty campaign attorney Jim Nally is estimating that by the time the last of the mail-in ballots that met the postmark deadline arrive there could be as many as 400 in all. He says an updated account will be available from the board of elections on Friday and after that the arriving ballots “will have slowed to a trickle.”

The county has until April 18 to certify the election results. The new mayor and City Council are scheduled to take office on May 8.

We’ve asked Mark Tendam for comment on the mail-in ballot issue, but haven’t heard back yet.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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