Herman residents have voted to recall village board member Shaun Swan, according to unofficial results from the by-mail election.
The ballot asked voters: “Shall Shaun Swan be removed from the office of Herman Village Board of Trustees?” Voters selected “yes” or “no.”
According to Deputy County Clerk Carol Kuhr, 47 residents voted to remove Swan from office and 40 voted “no.”
Ballots were mailed Jan. 11. They could be completed and returned to the clerk's office until Election Day, Tuesday.
Ballots were counted after 5 p.m. Tuesday; the process was completed in less than an hour. According to state law, the clerk's office can't recount ballots unless the difference is less than 1 percent.
Swan told the Enterprise that the election "was close."
"I figured it would be," he said. "When I originally got on there, it was to try to change some of the corruption going on on the board."
Gary Kuhl, the principal circulator of the petition required for the recall election, said Tuesday night that voter turnout was “about normal for an election in Herman.”
“I think the majority spoke,” he said. “I think it did split the community, unfortunately.”
The election was the second attempt at a recall of Swan. The initial election, scheduled for Oct. 1, was canceled after a judge determined petitions were invalid after the principal circulator, Ron Hoffman, admitted that he didn't sign his name on each petition document, even though he didn't collect the signatures for each one.
Swan was serving his first term on the board; his four-year term expired at the end of this year. He said he plans to file for the November election. The filing deadline for village board candidates is July 15 for incumbents and Aug. 1 for non-incumbents.
Swan said he believes he has a "pretty good chance" of being re-elected.
"We're right at about 50 percent," he said. "I think it was basically a witch hunt from the start. It's all going to come out in the wash. People think nothing wrong goes on up there. There's a lot of things that need to be addressed."
Kuhl did not speculate whether voters would re-elect Swan to the board.
“I think it's up to the people,” he said. “That's the great thing about our society.”