The original Facebook post below might be slightly wrong. It is looking more like BEC wrote checks on an account they forgot to transfer money to before sending them out. People who call are being told to re-submit their checks. Proof of fees incurred has to be submitted to be reimbursed.
By: Diane Benjamin
Having two election authorities in McLean County is a ridiculous waste of money. When voters had a chance to eliminate the Bloomington Election Commission they didn’t.
The argument made by Democrats and the League of Women Voters was the County should have an Election Commission instead of the elected County Clerk running elections. Right now Kathy Michael’s office runs elections everywhere but Bloomington.
The reason an Election Commission is a REALLY bad idea is because it will be run by appointed people, not elected. People who are appointed can’t be held accountable by anybody. If Kathy Michael’s office screws up elections or cost taxpayers money she wouldn’t be re-elected.
Bloomington is an Election Commission that can not be held accountable. They did screw up, see this:
I only redacted the writer because the name isn’t important. I did check with another election judge friend of mine, her check also bounced along with a $15 fee. The Bloomington Election Commission had 52 locations with at least 6 election judges at each site: https://www.becvote.org/wordpress/maps/polling-places-by-precinct-2/
52 * 6 = 312 re-issued checks plus bounced check fees.
Paul Shannon is reissuing checks and paying the fees. Actually, Bloomington taxpayers get to pay the staff time and check fees, not the Bloomington Election Commission.
I hear Shannon is retiring some time this year. The only way to get rid of career bureaucrats is by death or retirement. Taxpayers can’t hold them accountable. Abolishing the Bloomington Election Commission should be back on the ballot.
How do checks get written from an “old” account? Old checks aren’t destroyed or at least VOIDED when the account is closed? Is this proof checks are written just assuming funds are available? Is this proof bureaucrats don’t have to worry about where money comes from? What prevented someone from writing themself a check, cashing it, and skipping town? How do we know that hasn’t happened?
Time for BEC to be relegated to the history books.