Despite ballot challenges, Sauk Village prepares for elections

2013-01-08T22:45:00Z Despite ballot challenges, Sauk Village prepares for electionsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 08, 2013 10:45 pm  • 

SAUK VILLAGE | Village Clerk Debbie Williams said Tuesday that her office is preparing for elections to be held in February and April, even though the ballots for those elections have yet to be set.

Williams said that the village clerk’s office will be assisting the Cook County clerk in operating polling places within Sauk Village for the Democratic and Republican primaries on Feb. 26 to nominate potential replacements for Jesse Jackson Jr. — who resigned his seat in Congress shortly after being re-elected in November.

Seventeen people are seeking the Democratic nomination, while five want to run for the post as Republicans.

Williams said that the polling places on the primary Election Day will be the same as in past elections, but that she is not yet sure where an early voting center will be established in the area for Sauk Village for residents interested in casting their ballots early.

She also said that local residents should make sure they are properly registered, since her office is working to purge vacant houses from the voter registration lists. People who wish to vote in the primary must be registered by Jan. 28. Those focusing their attention on the April 9 municipal elections (which also will be the general election for the congressional seat) must be registered by March 12.

In those municipal elections, there are four different slates of candidates running for village president, clerk and trustee, along with a few other candidates running independent campaigns.

In all, 22 people are seeking municipal office in Sauk Village.

Village Attorney Mike McGrath said there currently are efforts to remove two full slates from the ballot, along with two village president candidates, two clerks and two trustees.

That will require the village’s Electoral Board to convene, and McGrath said that those efforts would begin at noon Monday at Village Hall, 21801 Torrence Ave.

The initial hearing is likely to set ground rules for the legal arguments to be heard, with actual rulings to come at a future date, although McGrath said officials hope to start the process within a week of the initial hearing.

McGrath said that during the challenges to village president candidates the Electoral Board may be filled with people appointed by Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans. In other cases, the Electoral Board will consist of the village president, the clerk and the senior-most trustee — in accordance with state law.

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