Most local candidates think campaigning time is over the Sunday before the election.
It’s not over, of course, until the polls close at 7 PM.
Today, standing out in front of my Crystal Lake Park District Main Beach polling place was McHenry County Sheriff’s candidate Zane Seipler.
With so few people voting, that may not have been a good use of his time, but at least those coming through the gate were pretty sure to be people on the way to vote.
Of course, they could have been on the way to pre-school soccer in the room where I dearly wish the Park Board would allow the polling place to be located.
I just can’t understand how elected officials can think that a handful of kids playing soccer is more important than an election.
Above is the backroom into which voters must go. It does not show that the park board members value the democratic process, does it?
While you see the room virtually empty, there were voters lined up at one point to cast their ballots in the cramped facility.
Turnout was low, which would be expected on a snowy day picked deliberately by the Chicago Democrats who set the date in order to keep voter turnout low so Establishment candidates (mainly incumbents) would have the best chance of winning.
Handling the electronic voting in Algonquin 7 was Prairie Ridge High School student Taylor Humm.
One final word.
For those candidates who noticed their signs are missing from the Main Beach, above you can see where they went. Frankly, I do not understand why such signs are not allowed on election day. I got so angry the first time my candidates’ signs were removed I went to court and got an injunction entered preventing the district’s employees from removing them. The district does have an ordinance preventing such political signs.