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Thursday, April 25, 2024

The importance of voting in the Consolidated Election


It seems like it was just yesterday that Illinois voters headed to the polls to vote in the mid-term elections. And, oftentimes, when we think elections, we think about our State and Federal candidates for office. However, the Consolidated Election is one of the most important elections in which to cast your ballot. If you’re not aware of it already, don’t worry. This is not on the radar of most people— but it should be!

Naperville nonpartisan elections affect our daily lives through our local school board, park district, library board, city council and more. This year, the election is April 4. And, with early voting and vote by mail, there are so many opportunities to cast your ballot. This is your chance to educate yourself on the candidates and the issues, get involved and engaged. Who we elect locally impacts our property tax bills, local ordinances, and other policy. Your engagement is crucial as these elections have historically low turnouts. In fact, most local elections are decided by only a few votes.

So, how do you get to meet the candidates?

Look beyond the mail and robocalls. Many hard-working candidates will be out in the frigid cold going door to door to meet you. You may be busy, but this is a great opportunity to answer the door and talk. There are also a number of different organizations hosting candidate forums over the next few months -the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum on February 22 with Naperville city council and mayoral candidates. And, a great many of our local candidates already have some great websites up and running to dive into.

UPDATE, Feb. 23, 2023 / Immediately following the Mayoral Candidate Forum, three Naperville Mayoral candidates, Benny White, Tiffany Stephen and Scott Wehrli, posed for photos between NACC President/CEO Kaylin Risvold, Business Works Committee Chair Michele Clemen, left, and NACC Board Chair Adrian Aldrich and Past Chair Christina Caton Kitchel. (PN Photo Feb. 22, 2023)

The Consolidated Election is one of the most important, yet most underperforming elections. The Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes its importance and that of getting out to vote. Please join us in spreading the word.

Interested in viewing your sample ballot? Visit the County of DuPage’s website at www.dupagecounty.gov/sampleballot. Visit the Will County website at www.willcountyclerk.gov/elections/voter-services.

RELATED PN POST / In addition to the NACC-member Candidate Forum on Feb. 22, 2023, check out opportunities to get to know candidates running in the nonpartisan Consolidated Election. Find links to local government meetings as well as voter info listed, too. Thanks for being informed.

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Beth Goncher
Beth Goncherhttp://naperville.net
Beth Goncher wrote this column for Naperville Chamber of Commerce Director of Government Affairs. She can be reached at bethgoncher@gmail.com or (630) 777-1577.


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