PEKIN — The number of precincts in Tazewell County will be reduced from the current total of 135 to 109.
The Tazewell County voted 13-6 at Wednesday’s meeting to reduce the overall number of precincts.
“As I understand it, this proposed plan will allow us to eliminate one ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) non-compliant polling place,” said board member Bill Atkins, who voted in favor of the resolution. “It is my preference that, if we’re going to be sued, we be sued over whether or not we have the authority to re-precinct, not whether or not we’re denying the right to vote to individuals who are disabled.”
In addition to eliminating one ADA non-compliant polling place, the plan will add a polling site at the East Peoria City Hall for Fondulac District 2. Under the new plan, the county will need 130 fewer election judges for presidential and gubernatorial elections.
“I think there’s merit in this project,” said board member Nancy Proehl, who voted against the resolution and recommended tabling it for further discussion. “I think we need to do something, and I think (Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman) is coming up with a lot of ideas and positive actions that could really make a difference and save us some money. I just don’t think that I, as a voter on this board, am ready to make that decision.”
Townships that will be affected by the redistricting are Cincinnati, Delavan, Elm Grove, Fondulac, Groveland, Little Mackinaw, Mackinaw, Morton, Pekin, Sand Prairie, Tremont and Washington.
“We’ll have new voter ID cards (mailed) to every resident in Tazewell County toward the end of August,” said Ackerman. “They’ll have their polling location so they’ll know where to go vote.”