Legislation sponsored by State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry), which ends the weighted voting system used in Township elections, was signed into law by Governor Rauner on August 18.
“It’s vital that every election honors and upholds democracy,” said Althoff. “Any measure that leaves a gap for individuals to limit voter participation or manipulate the result of election is unjust and unacceptable, and that’s why we need to continue to review passed legislation and codes to ensure the language is up-to-date and concise.”
Althoff pursued Senate Bill 666 in response to an issue in McHenry County that resulted in the township caucus using a weighted voting system, which allowed for a participant's vote to equal more than one vote—ultimately limiting other participants’ voting power.
“Representing McHenry County and its residents has long been a priority for me,” said Althoff. “Our voters deserve fair elections and a trustworthy government, and I’ll continue to protect their rights and support good government policies.”
With the support of the Chief House Sponsor, Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), the Township Code now specifies that an individual participating in a township or multi-township caucus is entitled to one vote for each office, and the vote will not be weighted to equal more than one vote.
Thanks to the new law in effect immediately, all township voters in McHenry County now have equal participation rights in township elections.