Is this photo considered an ad for early voting or endorsement of two 2020 candidates?
Last Thursday was the first day of early voting across Illinois for the primary election on March 17.
While early voting at this time will be confined to the county clerk offices, or where applicable, municipal boards of election offices, or through mail-in balloting prior to taking place at satellite locations in early March, the election officials, usually the county clerk want to get the word out.
Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham (R, Aurora) issued this picture taken with State Senator Jim Oberweis (R, Sugar Grove) and Kane County Treasurer Dave Rickert (R, Elgin):
The above pic was tweeted by Daily Herald reporter James Fuller describing as “interesting”. In a subsequent tweet, Fuller revealed this additional information:
“We’ll see if anyone files an ethics complaint. It was sent out by Clerk’s office staff, with the county seal on the press release, presumably using taxpayer resources. Doesn’t explicitly say anything about an endorsement, but could raise eyebrows.”James Fuller tweet 2/6/20
Those who follow me on Twitter know I responded to the thread simply stating there is nothing wrong with the picture since it was advertising early voting, not any kind of endorsement with a particular officeholder.
Most people know, Oberweis is running for Congress in a contested primary in the 14th to determine who will challenge Congresswoman Lauren Underwood in the fall. Oberweis is at this point the frontrunner most likely to win on March 17, according to the latest polling data available.
Rickert is unopposed on the primary ballot for county board chairman of the Kane County board and will face one of two Democrats in the fall.
The three elected officials all live in different congressional districts.
But the benign advertising of early voting has not stopped people complaining, including this tweet alerting one of the 14th district Indivisible chapters in Twitter and Underwood’s congressional Twitter account:
Still stand by what I tweeted last week that there is nothing wrong with this picture and it is not politicking or an endorsement of any kind. No one has electioneering materials displayed.
As someone said, some people have to have something to complain about on any given day.