By: Diane Benjamin
The Bloomington Election Commission has a long history of failing at their one job: Elections. Just in November they couldn’t tell candidates for Bloomington Council how many signatures they needed on petitions because of redistricting. In 2022 BEC requested and increase to their budget of $550,000. BEC has had a hard time lately keeping an Executive Director and finding qualified people to take the job when one leaves. Search here for more stories, there are a bunch of them. There is even one about the ballot needing corrections after voting had started.
Keep in mind Bloomington doesn’t pay to have their own election office, everyone in the County is forced to fund it by law but we can not elect anyone or hold anyone accountable for problems that exist. Details: https://blnnews.com/2022/03/01/bloomington-proved-bec-is-a-waste-of-money/
BEC isn’t non partisan either. The commission is now looking for a new member after one resigned. They have 3, 1 has to be from the opposing party. That means either 2 democrats run BEC or 2 Republicans.
The writer missed the obvious contradiction:
The first quote means applicants have to be a HARD Democrat or Hard Republican. The second quote claims once appointed the same HARD party believer need to pretend to be nonpartisan.
Political convictions can’t be thrown away especially when there is no oversight of BEC by voters. BEC could completely mangle an election and voters could do ZERO about it.
If the County screws up elections voters can hold the County Clerk accountable. Bloomington can’t hold anyone accountable.
Judge Rebecca Foley will be interviewing applicants. You might remember her from this: https://www.injusticewatch.org/news/2016/judges-suspended-over-affair-five-years-later/