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Rockford School Board race flips for Muhammad as more votes come in

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -- A race that was too close to call on the April 6 Municipal Election Night sees a new leader the day after.

On Tuesday night, after 100% of precincts were reporting, Ken Scrivano had just a 5-vote lead on challenger Kamrin Muhammad in Rockford's School Board Subdistrict C.

Scrivano had 1,034 votes to Muhammad's 1,029.

However, as mail-in votes came in and were counted on Wednesday, 25 of them went to this race, which put Muhammad ahead by six votes. Voters in parts of Rockford and Winnebago County vote in subdistrict C.

As of Wednesday night, Muhammad has 1,047 to Scrivano's 1,041.

By law, Illinois Election Authorities have two weeks to certify election results. Election Authorities must count all votes. Also, by law, in Illinois voters must have their mail-in ballots postmarked by election day. They do not need to arrive by that day, meaning county clerk's and election authorities can continue to count votes in that 14-day window.

Scrivano serves RPS 205 Subdistrict C and is currently the RPS 205 Board President.

Rockford Board of Elections and the Winnebago County Clerk are no stranger to tight races flipping in the days after election day as mail-in votes come in. The same type of flip happened in the Illinois 68th House District in November's Election between Incumbent John Cabello and Challenger and current Rep. Dave Vella.

James Stratton

James Stratton is the Evening Anchor at 13 WREX and reports for 13 Investigates He joined the team in August, 2018 after working at KWQC TV-6 in Davenport Iowa. His work in Illinois and Iowa has been awarded in both states, along with Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Awards at 13 WREX.

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