The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Election Is Tuesday

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

April 1, 2009

It is Election time again Tuesday, April 7th and polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. giving plenty of time for residents to cast their votes.

It was interesting to read some of the history of the voting process that Kerry Asbridge Hancock County Clerk, provided the newspaper and details of the election in Hancock County.

Specimen Ballots and voting information is inserted in today's Hancock County Quill newspaper.

In Henderson County, ballots were not printed as it is not required by law in this type of consolidated election. It is up to each subsidiary if they want to print them or not. The Quill was given a listing of those running by Henderson County Clerk Marcella Cisna which ran March 11, page 2. Call her office if you have questions at 309-867-2911.

With 5600 registered voters in Henderson County, Cisna says "a 21 to 22% voter turnout is the norm" for this type of election. One county, she was told, was predicting only a 7% turnout. I hope we do better. Voters will be selecting or confirming Townships, Villages, School, Junior College and Educational Service Region Board members.

In the West Central School Board race, voters will select four out of a slate of five: incumbents Richard Clifton, Paul Anderson, Bradley Arnold, Lonnie Brent, and challenger Renee Goff.

There are also contests in Gladstone, Stronghurst, Lomax, and several Township races in Media, Biggsville, Bald Bluff, Oquawka, Lomax, Gladstone and Carman, and Trustee races for Jr. Colleges.