Throughout the debate on township consolidation, proponents have watched opponents dominate every meeting.
Proponents have argued that all but one of the meetings were held during the day when only township officials and their friends could attend, that regular voters were working at such times.
There is no doubt that opponents effectively marshaled their forces.
The question that an elected official (or ex-elected official in my case) sometimes asks, however is,
What does the electorate want me to do?
My job title was state representative.
For those in a legislative branch the tension is always between doing what one’s constituents’ desire and doing what one thinks is right.
Edmund Burke is famous for voting his conscience.
What is generally not know is that after doing so, he lost his next election.
McHenry County Blog decided to ask the question in a scientific poll.
The results were that an overwhelming majority of McHenry County voters want the McHenry County Board to put consolidation of townships on the ballot.
The results are below
82.7% in favor of putting on the ballot; 17.3% on the other side.
When voters are over 80% on one side of an issue or another, most politicians take note.
They know that an opponent could use the issue effectively.
Could this be an issued in upcoming Republican primary elections?
Only if candidates running against those who vote “No” want to make it one.
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The poll was taken by Victory Geek.
Here is the question on township consolidation:
Do you believe the efforts to consolidate townships within McHenry County should the decision of the voters or the county board, if the voters, then should this question be placed on ballot for a public vote?
PRESS 1 if you believe it should be decided by the county board and not on the ballot 1
PRESS 2 if you believe it should be decided by the voters and placed on the ballot 2
PRESS 3 if you are unsure
647 replies are included in the poll, meaning 534 favored the County Board’s putting the question on the ballot.
It has a 3.81% margin of error at a 95% confidence interval with 647 respondents and was modeled to likely voter demographics.