March 2012 Primary: Kendall County Referenda Results

What did voters say about the telephone surcharge increase and eliminating the auditor's and recorder's offices?

Without further ado, here's what Kendall County voters had to say about these three questions.

Kendall County Auditor

Shall the elected Office of Kendall County Auditor be eliminated effective Dec. 1, 2012? (A "yes" vote means the office goes.)

Kendall County
Aurora Election Commission

Precincts Reporting: 83 of 83 3 of 3
  Votes Votes Total Yes 8,578
8,699 No


Kendall County Recorder

Shall the Office of Recorder of Kendall County be eliminated effective Dec. 1, 2012, and the functions and duties of that office contine to be performed by the Kendall County Clerk? (A "yes" vote means the office goes.)

Kendall County
Aurora Election Commission

Precincts Reporting: 83 of 83 3 of 3
  Votes Votes Total Yes 9,546
9,828 No


KenCom Telephone Surcharge

Shall the County of Kendall impose an additional surcharge of up to $0.75 per mont per network connection to the existing $0.75 surcharge (total not to exceed $1.50 per month) which surcharge will be added to the monthly bill you receive for telephone or telecommunications charges, for the purpose of improving a 9-1-1 Emergency Telephone System?

Kendall County
Aurora Election Commission

Precincts Reporting: 83 of 83 3 of 3
  Votes Votes Total Yes 4,181
4,271 No 9,223 301 9,524
Pat Stiles March 22, 2012 at 11:01 PM
It was worded to confuse people that is obvious. The proof is in the numbers. 4585 voters wanted to keep the elected auditor position. And 7717 voters voted for the guy running for the position. Same with recorder 3706 voters wanted to keep the position and the man got 7432 votes to win the position. Seems a little upside down doesn't it? There are over 3000 more votes in each category that voted to keep the position. Why would you vote to eliminate the position then vote for the guy running. Does not make sense.
Rennetta March 23, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I agree Kay. The offices were triggered by the release of the official census. For the voters of Kendall County to get a chance to "have their say" it had to be placed on the ballot. As you undoubtedly are aware the wording of Public Questions are typically determined by attorneys, as was the case in these referenda. I believe the attorneys living and/or working in Kendall County have met the same educational standards as those in other vicinities. It's my understanding that attorneys typically follow legal precedent when available. A few examples of referenda to keep offices from being split or to recombine them read like this: Shall the office of Recorder of Deeds in Jackson County be abolished... Shall the Office of Recorder of Deeds of DeKalb County be eliminated... Adams County / referendum to eliminate Williamson County /referendum to eliminate Tazewell County / referendum to eliminate
Rennetta March 23, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Pat-Many strange things happen in the privacy of the polling booth. And there are still many people who are concerned that if they don't fill in an oval in each ballot section, the rest of their votes won't count.
Scott Henderson March 23, 2012 at 02:01 AM
@Jerry Bannister - Thank you for all that you did to expose the release of Social Security Numbers on the internet by the current clerk's office (I'm not blaming the clerk personally for the error, but it did happen under her watch). I'm still appalled that our county officials do not view this as a significant breach of privacy and have not made any attempt to notify those who were impacted. I'm also concerned that there are "wayback" websites that allow the retrieval of archived web pages. The mere removal of the information from the website may not have completely solved the problem. Those who were impacted should be contacted so they can take steps to protect themselves from identity theft. It's the right thing to do. I'm sorry that the referendum vote went against you, but I hope you will consider running for County Clerk in two years.
Judy J. March 23, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Here's what I don't understand - why didn't anyone question the cost figures that were put out by the county board? It was so obviously inflated to scare the voters. Why didn't any reporters question that?


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