Voters may finally have their say on the Bloomington Election Commission. Months after the McLean County Libertarian Party started circulating petitions for a ballot question that would dissolve the BEC, the McLean County Republican Party is throwing its weight behind the proposal as well. “It was unanimous: We think this is an issue that should go before the public,” said party Chair Connie Beard of a vote among precinct committeemen last week. “We think eliminating the BEC would increase efficiency, save taxpayer dollars and make the process more directly connected to voter control.”
If supporters get 1,000 signatures, officials can put a question on the Nov. 6 ballot to end the commission, which runs elections throughout the city of Bloomington, and give that responsibility to the McLean County clerk’s office, which already runs elections everywhere else in McLean County.
The current clerk, Kathy Michael, is a Republican, though Democrat Nikita Richards is challenging her for that position in November.