In making its decision on whether the Republican Party Caucus-selected candidates for McHenry Township Trustee should be allowed to stay on the ballot, the discussion among the Electoral Board members included the following.
Echoing what McHenry Township Republican Party Chairman Steve Verr, acting as attorney for the challenged candidates, said was public Electoral Board member Steve Haugh, who is also an attorney.
He pointed out that the testimony revealed that “there clearly was a Rules Committee…which sent up weighted voting.
“I don’t see any objection, therefore, everything happened according to the rules.
“It makes sense.
“I would rule against Mr. Adams [in his complaint to kick Republican Clerk candidate Dan Ayward off the ballot].”
The second Electoral Board member to offer his opinion was public member and attorney David Stone.
“I believe is not in compliance with the statutory requirement,” Stone said.
“…I don’t see how a weighted vote can be done in this fashion.
“All elections should be free and equal
“If there’s voting, there is an election.
“I believe the legislature [had in mind] one man, one vote.
In reply to the testimony that had a one-man, one-vote result been used, Stone said, “I don’t see how that could even happen when there are special voters who have more votes than other people.”
He agreed with the argument that knowledge of the weighted voting rule would have “a drag on” people’s showing up who were not Precinct Committeemen.
Stone pointed to Craig Adams’ not even going to the caucus and “another qualified party left the meeting” because of the weighted vote rule.
“Non-compliance with the Rules defeats the validity of these nominations,” Stone concluded.
He also agreed that the law had been violated by having a Chairman of the Caucus who was not a township resident.
(That person was McHenry County Board member Mike Walkup, who is a resident of Nunda Township, selected because the McHenry Township Central Committee wanted someone neutral.)
However, Stone said, “I can’t even conceive how it had an effect on the outcome.
“I’m inclined to uphold the objection.”
At this point Verr tried to offer a motion as to the bias of the Board, but was told, “It’s too late.”
The vote was 2-1 to toss all four of the McHenry Township’s Republican candidates for Township Trustee off the ballot, with Stone and and incumbent Township Clerk Marsha Nelson, running on a slate with four Independent Township Trustee candidates voting together.
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A summary of what happened on Friday when Republican candidates for McHenry Township Clerk and Trustee were kicked off the ballot can be found here.