Vote By Mail is now open for registration. You do not need a reason to vote by mail and it lets you vote from the comfort of your own home. Here are the details that the county clerk emailed out this morning:
You can now request a ballot to vote by mail for the April 2, 2019 Consolidated General Election. No excuse is required to vote by mail, and it’s convenient and easy.
To request a ballot to vote by mail, please visit https://www.champaigncountyclerk.com/vbm. Ballot requests will be fulfilled beginning February 21, 2019, as required by statute.
If you need to update your name or address, please visit https://ova.elections.il.gov/.
Thank you, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Champaign County Clerk
The school board election in our community can be a little confusing, but hopefully my brief explanation will clear things up.
There are a total of four board seats up for election on April 2nd and eight candidates running. Two of the new board members must reside within the Mahomet Township and the other two must reside outside of the township. However, every voter gets to choose four candidates to fill the four seats. If you live ANYWHERE in the Mahomet-Seymour school district, you can vote for up to two candidates among those running for the Mahomet Township seats AND up to two candidates among those running for the outside of Mahomet Township seats.
Here are the candidates running for the two seats within Mahomet Township:
Here are the candidates running for the two seats for outside of the Mahomet Township:
On April 2nd, you can choose up to two names from both of those lists. If you haven’t registered to vote, you may do so with the Champaign County Clerk. Also, you can register the same day you vote!
In the past, I have run for the school board simply because I wanted to serve my community and I believed that I could make a positive contribution. This time, my motivations have expanded. I still believe that I will be an effective member of the board.
However, I believe that the current board is in need of a major changing of the guard. I have carefully observed the board for years, personally witnessing countless meetings with no public discussion or critical debate. For years, board members have not asked obvious questions like, “How will this impact our students? Is it worth the cost or can this money be better used elsewhere? What are the alternatives and what are the tradeoffs? What more can we do to improve?” Either these questions are being asked privately, or they are simply not being asked at all. Either option is not good!
It is also remarkable that in the past six years, at least, there has not been a single non-unanimous vote by the board. This is a huge red flag that the board is not functioning as a representative body of our community.
We need new board members that are energized and engaged. We need new board members that will ask difficult questions and listen to parents, students, teachers, and administrators. We need new board members that will challenge one another and work hard to find the best solutions. I can and will be one of those members.