By: Diane Benjamin
Illinois has far more units of government than any other state. Your taxes are higher because of it!
In 2014 the Bloomington Election commission violated the Open Meetings Act, the Attorney General didn’t tell them until 2016: AG 12/12/2016 letter
This article contains rulings of two more Open Meetings Act violations in 2016: http://edgarcountywatchdogs.com/2017/04/ag-bloomington-election-commission-violated-the-law-twice/
The Bloomington Election Commission is incompetent when laws have to be followed. Do they really follow the rules when counting ballots? We don’t know because they are appointed, not elected. It is much more difficult to hold appointees accountable because you can’t un-elect them!
The local Democrats want to appoint a Commission for the entire County. Instead of getting rid of administrators and a separate office with all the related expenses, they want to grow it.
Democrats need to answer a simple question: If McLean County did have an Election Commission who would appoint these supposed non-partisan commissioners?
They won’t be elected by you, so somebody has to decide who is in charge. Likely the County Board, Bloomington, and Normal would each appoint somebody.
The County is dominated by Republicans.
Bloomington is dominated by Democrats.
Normal is dominated by Democrats.
Thinking . . . thinking . . . thinking . . . .
Isn’t it obvious why Democrats want to appoint rather than save taxpayers money?
The Democrats are challenging the 1380 petition signatures the GOP and Libertarians collected to put a referendum on the November ballot. The referendum would abolish the Bloomington Election Commission and put all elections in the County Clerk’s office like most other Illinois counties.
The Democrats are trying to take away the rights of Bloomington residents to make that decision.
Now, keep in mind that Democrats want a County-wide election commission, in fact they would expand the duties of the Bloomington Election Commission. I wonder how they will explain this WGLT article: http://www.wglt.org/post/tight-timeframe-resolve-dispute-over-election-referendum-signatures
Um, surprise surprise! One of the Commissioners of this non-partisan Board is identified in the media as a Democrat!
I’m glad they are asking a court to decide instead of hearing the challenge themselves. So far there is nothing on the court calendar.
The article claims some signatures were printed. That’s pretty funny since Tari Renner (Democrat) was on WJBC this morning saying printing is fine. Tari is still mad about his petition challenge, he once again doesn’t know when to keep his mouth shut.
Putting all elections in the hands of the County Clerk puts elections in the hands of voters. This referendum should be on the November ballot and should be passed by the citizens of Bloomington. It’s ridiculous to fund two separate staffs and send duplicates to conferences. It’s equally ridiculous to think a County Election Commission would be non-partisan.