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County clerk wants to head off voter confusion

Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:44:24 CDT
By: Jim Browne

County clerk wants to head off voter confusion The election next month is an off-year election, which means a low turnout, and in some cases confusion. McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael says some residents will go to the polls expecting to vote for mayor, to discover it isn't on the ballot. Michael says that's because some people with mailing and voting addresses in Normal, may live elsewhere. Michael says it's a problem for Downs residents too:

"For example in Downs, they'll have a mayoral contest there. Part of Downs voters are not within the town of Downs, and yet they kind of assume they are and they go in to vote for the mayor, and it's not on their ballot because they're not within the exact borders of the town of Downs."

Michael says election judges are going through voluntary training so they can answer questions voters may have April 9th. She says some voters in Normal may not see the issues, or candidates they are interested in on the ballot:

"There's just portions of Normal that are not within the boder of town of Normal. You'll have a precinct, Normal 1,9 and 11 for example, part of Normal one will get to vote for the mayor, and part of them won't"

And, Michael says, those people may live right next door to each other. The final day to register for next month's election is March 25.
click here for more voting information from the McLean County Clerk office


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