Archive for April, 2011


Spring elections are mostly about local contests and referenda in cities, towns, and taxing districts. But this Tuesday there is a COUNTY WIDE referendum on EVERY BALLOT which affects EVERY RESIDENT of Champaign County.

The Champaign County Democrats ask you to turn out Tuesday April 5 and vote “NO” to the proposition that would ELIMINATE ELECTIONS FOR COUNTY AUDITOR in Champaign County.

The County Auditor is the only official with the legal authority to monitor, question, investigate, or even disallow the disbursement of county funds by any county agency, official, or administrator. In addition to the legal authority, it is the elected status of the Auditor that provides the political status and motivation to carry out these duties effectively. Recent events remind us that it is futile to expect accountants, CFOs, or other employees to effectively question the activities of their superiors or clients. A few county officials and administrators may be chafed by the fact that someone outside their control routinely oversees their use of public money. But that’s no reason why we should eliminate that oversight – quite the contrary! We urge you to vote “NO” on Tuesday and keep your right to ELECT the Champaign County Auditor.

The polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm. You can check your voter registration, find your polling place, and preview your ballot here. Our office, at 110 S Neil Street, Champaign, will be open all day; Drop by or call us (217-359-3760) about rides, or to discuss candidates and issues in this election.