By: Diane Benjamin
The integrity of elections matter. The reason for filing petitions to run for public office is to show support from voters. If any part of the petitions are falsified, signed by citizens not registered to vote, or not properly notarized the election becomes a joke.
The Bloomington Election Commission is required to follow the Open Meetings Act so citizens have faith in their ability to maintain the integrity of elections. If they treat challenges to petitions as a joke, the entire election is a joke.
Refer back to the comments made by Tari Renner to WGLT: http://wglt.org/post/update-attempt-filed-knock-bloomington-mayor-ballot
“frivolous” “I think it’s unfortunate that some people, frankly on the extreme fringes of the right, want to cheat their way into elections”
Yes, “jokes” exist.
Then consider the lawyer for the election commission (Robert Day) who evidently doesn’t understand the law. Since MANY readers watched that video, you already know he was beaten by the two “hayseeds” from Edgar County. (They got that name during their take down of the President at the College of Dupage.)
Today the Bloomington Election Commission was forced to reschedule the Renner challenge by Kevin Gerrard for the second time in order to comply with the Open Meetings Act. It’s not difficult to comply, see a simplified version here: Open Meetings Act
Now for the real reason I was forced to demand the Bloomington Election Commission follows the law. In 2012 the petitions filed by former Alderman Jennifer McDade were challenged by her opponent, Matt Koetters. The Bloomington Election Commission threw her off the ballot, but she hired attorneys and got back on the ballot. One of the reasons Judge Lawrence cited in his ruling was Open Meetings Act violations by the Bloomington Election Commission. Two of the three members of this Commission are the same as in that case.
in 2014 McDade quit the Council and Tari Renner appointed Joni Painter. The City Council would have been much different if Matt Koetters hadn’t been defeated by an Alderman who didn’t file her petitions legally.
If any of the challenges to petitions filed result in candidates getting tossed and the BEC doesn’t do everything according to the law – the exact same situation can happen again. The integrity of the election is at stake.
Either laws matter or they don’t. On Monday they did. Today they did.
On Friday we will see. The agendas for all the meetings show “Adoption of Rules” and then the hearing. How can a meeting be held without providing time to read the rules and plan your case using them?
Don’t be surprised if more problems don’t arise.