John Quigley: Time for voters to exercise rights
With the April 9 consolidated elections in sight, it’s time once again for citizens across DuPage County to exercise one of their greatest rights as Americans by casting votes for their candidates of choice at the municipal, township, public school, park and library levels of local government.
Let’s hope that the apathy and low turnout typical of the voting public after a presidential election doesn’t occur.
In the 2009 consolidated elections, less than 43 percent of Elmhurst’s 28,455 registered voters, or 12,055, cast a ballot — despite the incentive of a four-candidate mayoral race to elect a successor to a retiring four-term incumbent whose contested 2005 election brought out some 10,500 voters. Elmhurst’s last mayor needed votes from just 16.4 percent of registered voters to get elected.
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