ELECTION April 2017
LET’S TALK TOWNSHIPS
So… let’s talk townships. Do you know what Township you’re in? Do you know what they, as opposed to cities or our county, actually do? If you don’t, you’re in good company. Then why are township races important in the April 4 election? Because they are the lowest level of partisan politics and those positions are where future leaders learn, network, and become the next State Representative or Councilwoman. Your vote on April 4 matters… let’s look at some data.
DuPage County has 9 townships, a 3×3 grid of 6-mile x 6-mile townships:
Each Township has 8 elected positions: Supervisor, Highway Commissioner, Clerk, Assessor, and 4 Trustees totaling 72 township positions in DuPage County. How many Democrats are in those positions? Let’s see, it might take me a while to count… oops, I’m done. ONE! That’s right, ONE! How many times in DuPage County’s 178-year history, has there been a Democratic majority in any of the 9 townships. Well, let’s… oops, done… NEVER. C’mon folks. This isn’t getting embarrassing; it’s been embarrassing for a while now. We need to fix this.
Townships are chartered to provide exactly 3 services: 1) Assess your property, 2) Maintain unincorporated roads, and 3) Provide general services for those in need. There are plenty of debatable questions out there: should townships exists, should they merge, should they contract cities or counties to do the maintenance… but currently, Democrats are not even part of the debate; we’re not even at the table. We need to be, so that services are provided fairly to those really in need, that decisions are public and transparent, and that we too can have a farm team for higher level elections.
Democrats in 8 townships are fielding 39 candidates on April 4:
Bloomingdale (5): http://www.bloomingdaletownshipdems.org/
Addison (7): http://addisondemocrats.com/index.html
Milton (4): http://www.democratsofmilton.com/
York (3): http://www.yorkdemocrats.org/electionsT.php
Naperville (7): http://napervilledemocrats.org/ntdo/candidates/
Lisle (7): http://lisletownshipdemocrats.org/lisletownshipcandidates/
Downers Grove (5): http://dgdemocrats.org/
Please spread the word and plan to vote. April 4 is only 3 weeks away, early voting at the DuPage County Election Commission has already started, and early voting expands to local sites starting March 20. Please share with other people, in other sites, and for positive change.
Register to vote on-line TODAY
The links below provide sources of essential voter registration information. For full details, please visit the “Voting” section of the DuPage elections Commission website. When in doubt, please call the Election Commission at 630-407-5600 and press 0 for a human being (this applies to Election Day as well).
EASY LOOKUP FOR YOU
To view the main Election page for DuPage.
To view a list of candidates in DuPage: http://dupageco.org/Election/48690/
To check your voter status
In order to register to vote, you must meet these qualifications:
- You must be a United States citizen
- You must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
- You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election
- You must not be convicted and in jail
- You cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else
Registering to vote
Voting by mail
Anyone can now vote by mail. Request a ballot and cast your vote from the comfort of… well anywhere, really.
Past Election Results
The DuPage Election Commission website has a searchable database of all election results going back to 2002. Results further back are also available through the Commission’s archives. If you wish to search for the information on a particular candidate please go to the Illinois Election Commission site.
View past DuPage election results at the Commission’s election results page.