To the Editor:
I am very concerned about potential issues with ballot inaccuracies and polling place changes for the April 2 election. A March 15 story in the Northwest Herald highlighted a few of the inaccuracies. The sample ballots for some still are wrong.
The McHenry County Clerk’s Office said they are just sample ballot “glitches” and the actual voting ballot is correct. How do we know? Voters use sample ballots to look up who to vote for and research referendums on their ballot. Voting started Feb. 21, and early satellite voting started this week. An entire street in Woodstock was disenfranchised and should have been voting in the municipal elections. Coding problems with the fire protection district referendums were reported. Have these situations been corrected? How can we trust the election or the process?
Thankfully, the McHenry County Democratic Party is paying attention and brought other ballot inaccuracies to McHenry County Clerk and Recorder Joe Tirio’s attention, such as length of terms, leaving a candidate completely off the ballot (Barry Altshuler) and listing a candidate twice.
Rather than be transparent and post a complete consolidated ballot, Tirio requires someone interested in checking for inaccuracies to pull up a sample ballot for each of the 212 precincts! Even the follow-up voter’s guide eventually posted had errors.
Once again, there are last-minute changes to some polling places. Tirio brought these changes to the March 19 McHenry County Board meeting for a rubber-stamp approval. Board members whose constituents’ polling places were arbitrarily changed never were contacted for input. One new polling place has people leaving their town, crossing a highway and voting in another municipality. Was there any consideration given to the convenience?
Tirio seemingly dismisses these concerns with a flippant comment that this is a very small turnout election. So these issues and your vote don’t matter? Remember how he campaigned to just elect him and he would correct the incompetencies of the previous clerk? We deserve better!
Go to the clerk’s office website to confirm your polling place and, hopefully, find a correct sample ballot. Then request a Vote From Home ballot and avoid polling place confusion.