The Aurora Election Commission attempted to preserve itself by trying to stop a referendum on its dissolution from being placed on the March 20 ballot in Aurora. The commission oversees voting in 73 precincts throughout Aurora, which takes in sections of Kane, Kendall, Will and DuPage counties. A large portion of School District 308 is located in Aurora and under the comission’s jurisdiction. In a hearing before Kane County Court Judge David Akemann on Jan. 4, commission attorney Patrick Bond argued that the petitioners did not choose the right election, as per state election law.
The law, Bond stated, calls for a general or regularly scheduled election, not a primary race where those who have no party affiliation would be disenfranchised or forced to choose a party.
Ross Secler, representing the petitioners, argued that lawmakers intended for such a question to go before the voters at any election, including the primary.
“The general primary is on the general election cycle,” Secler said. “It is not in the election code,” Bond said.