Knee jerk reaction? You decide.
Writers create headlines to grab a reader’s attention.
In yesterday’s article “Sample Ballots for March Primary Not Available on County Clerk’s Website” McHenry County Blog did just that.
If one were to read the first half of the article it would be understood that
“a friend of McHenry County Blog from a rural township let me know their sample ballot was not available. At this point, only a portion of ballots are available to voters.”
The reaction McHenry County Blog received from County Clerk Mary McClellan was shocking.
The subject of the email received from McClellan’s personal email account read “Why are you posting false information”
While the body of the email stated “The ballot finder has been up for 5 days this is slander”
McHenry County Blog posts things that come directly from residents. The exact email McHenry County Blog received from a friend about early sample ballots read:
“The Clerk’s Office still has not provided Sample Ballots on line. I was told by her staff that they have to be on line by the first day of early voting. What good is that if you’re trying to find some information for your district etc., etc.. First day of early voting is Feb 8th.”
If what County Clerk Mary McClellan wrote is true, that sample ballots have been online for 5 days, why is her staff telling residents otherwise?
County Clerk Mary McClellan has informed McHenry County Blog that sample ballots are ready for viewing for every precinct. You can search the info here.
If you find otherwise, please make the County Clerk’s office aware of the situation.