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2016 Elections, Part 2: Early Voting
More about early voting:
Please keep in mind that for the Primary Election back in March, several Illinois counties ran out of ballots, and according to my research, in at least two or three of those counties, some people did not vote as a result of the shortages. The new voter suppression--don't provide enough ballots.
In Adams County, the shortage affected all 74 precincts. The local circuit court ruled that there needed to be an extra day of voting, but the appellate court disagreed and overturned the circuit court's ruling. The Illinois Attorney General argued against allowing the additional opportunity to vote. That's the public official/agency that we're supposed to call if there are election problems? Go figure.
There were also reports of ballot shortages causing polling places to stay open longer in other counties, too: Kendall, Madison, and Sangamon, and maybe Champaign and St. Clair (not yet confirmed).
Please consider voting early. In the Primary Election in Adams County and Madison County, some people did not get to vote. Just saying.
The Chair's Blog
2016 Elections, Part 1: Southern Illinois ballots and Paula Bradshaw for Congress
Earlier this week I voted early, in my home county of Jefferson, a rural county in south central Illinois. Page one of my ballot included candidates for five offices, and for four of those offices, I was able to vote for most excellent Green Party candidates! A great feeling! In addition to Jill & Ajamu, Scott Summers for U.S. Senate, and Tim Curtin for Illinois Comptroller, I voted for Paula Bradshaw for Congress in the 12th District.
Better yet is the situation in Jackson County, home of Carbondale. Those four Green Party candidates were on the ballot, and in addition, about three of every seven Jackson County voters could also vote for one of three GP candidates for Jackson County Board: Rich Whitney, Charlie Howe, and Randy Auxier.
On Thursday evening, Paula participated in a debate with her Democratic and Republican rivals for Congress. The debate was held at Lindenwood University in Belleville and was sponsored by WSIU-TV (the local PBS affiliate), the Southern newspaper, and the Belleville News Democrat. A decent-size contingent of Green Party supporters was in attendance, and Paula did very well in the debates. Her answers showed how very informed she is on both domestic and foreign issues, and her positions rang true to Green Party principles.
While her rivals tripped over themselves trying to be the most disappointed/upset about the location of the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency West campus in St. Louis, rather than adjacent to Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County (the home county for the debate), Paula had the courage to criticize the building of a new spy center, since we already have 17 spy agencies. Her position resonated with all the civil libertarians in the audience.
The 12th Congressional District runs from metro-east St. Louis to Mt. Vernon/Jefferson County all the way down to the southern tip of Illinois, including Carbondale. Her rivals are the incumbent, Mike “Clean Coal” Bost (R) and C.J. Baricevic (D), son of St. Clair County’s chief judge, who spoke of his support for workers but also made clear his support for the neoliberal trickle-down economic theory.