The McHenry Township Republican Central Committee met Friday and decided to hold a caucus rather than a Primary Election to select candidates for the April election.
Erik Sivertsen wrote,
“Based on a vote at our meeting last Friday, we have notified the clerk that we will be holding a caucus “December 1st at 7pm at the McHenry Township Hall.
There are new rules resulting from the legislative sponsored by State Senator Pam Althoff after the caucus four years ago at which incumbents were not put on the Republican Party ticker.
Now everyone who attends gets one vote.
Under the rules set last time, all non-precinct committeemen received one vote.
The votes of those who attended in person were subtracted from the total cast in each precinct, the result then voted by the precinct committeeman who won the election.
This displeased a number of Republicans including State Senator Pam Althoff.
She sponsored a bill requiring everyone attending future caucuses to have the same voting power,
No more weighted voting for Precinct Committeemen.
But, with Covid-19 restrictions on the number of people who can be at a gathering, there may be problems.
Some Democrats in Cook County’s Bloom Township planned ahead of time suing to require a Primary Election.
The case, Somer vs. Bloom Township Democratic Organization, reached the Appellate Court with a decision that did not require an election, but did require adequate means of participation.
Decided last week, the decision handed down, according to “The Volokh Conspiracy” in the publication “reason” says that the trial court’s order should “include a requirement that defendants provide for a method of remote participation in the caucus meeting for those people who do not desire to be in attendance at a live caucus meeting.”
The Appellate Court instruction includes the following:
“The court’s order must also require that defendants also ensure that any person who would otherwise be entitled to participate in the caucus meeting has the ability to participate remotely, meaning that defendants must provide for a way for those without home computers or sufficient internet connections to nonetheless be able to participate and have their vote counted….”