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CHICAGO (AP) -- Counting votes properly is always important, but it's especially true when the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor are virtually tied.
The Chicago Board of Elections says Illinois' primary is a textbook case of where every vote counts.
But the process is nit-picky, bureaucratic and slow. And it can leave voters with lots of questions.
Like, when will there be official results and why does it take so long?
For one, results reported on election night or just afterward are unofficial and almost always incomplete. Local election authorities have until Feb. 23 to count and officially certify results.
After that the state board declares winners in most major races by March 5.
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