Voters head to polls tomorrow, local questions and offices on ballot
By Times-Tribune staff
Voters will head to the polls tomorrow in Madison County, deciding the fate of several propositions and candidates for national, state and local offices. Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday countywide. The following is a summary of what will appear on the ballot.
Seats on the Madison County Board that represent districts which include areas of Troy and Glen Carbon are among those up for grabs in the Nov. 8 general election.
In Madison County Board District 2, incumbent Republican Stacey Pace is being opposed by a Democratic candidate, Charles “CJ” Metheny. Both reside in Troy.
Glen Carbon voters will decide who will hold the Madison County Board District 26 seat, which is being sought by Democrat Collin VanMeter and Republican Jason Palmero. The seat was vacated when incumbent Erica Conway Harriss chose to run for a state legislative position.
Voters in the City of Collinsville will be deciding whether or not the municipality will attain home rule status. The negatively-worded question asks if Collinsville shall cease to be a home rule unit. If enough voters answer no, then the city will retain home-rule status, which allows localized authority and powers in determining how it will handle some matters.
Glen Carbon Library District voters will be presented with an advisory question concerning drag queen story events. The measure carries no legal weight and was placed by opponents of an event there over the summer.
Another advisory question was placed on the ballot by Madison County Board in response to judicial redistricting by the Illinois general assembly.
It asks if voters should have the right to vote for each of their three circuit’s judges instead of only being allowed to cast a ballot in one of three judicial subcircuits created in 2022. Under the new law instead of voting for all of the county’s circuit judges, electors would choose only one for their specific subcircuit.
The Madison County Board voted by a margin of 23-2 in July to place the judicial election advisory question before the public.
Voters will choose a governor for the next four years on Tuesday. Incumbent Democrats Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Lt. Gov Julianana Stratton are being challenged by Republicans Darren Bailey and Stephanie Trussell, as well as Scott Schluter and John Phillips on the Libertarian ticket.
In state house races, Madison County, and the Times-Tribune coverage area, is split into several districts.
Glen Carbon and Collinsville fall into the 56th district, where incumbent Democrat Sen. Kris Tharp is being challenged by Republican Erica Harriss. The communities of Troy, St. Jacob and Marine fall into the 54th Senate District, where no senate race is taking place.
In House District 111, which includes Collinsville and Glen Carbon, incumbent Amy Elk, Republican, is being challenged by Joe Silkwood, Democrat. There is no race in district 108, which covers Troy, St. Jacob and Marine.
In addition, voters will select a new attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller and treasurer.
For state attorney general, incumbent Democrat Kwame Raoul is being challenged by Republican Thomas DeVore and Libertarian Daniel Robin for the upcoming four-year term.
Alexi Giannoulias, Democrat, Dan Brady, Republican, and Jon Stewart Libertarian are vying for the Secretary of State position currently held by Jesse White, who is retiring.
For state comptroller, incumbent Susana Mendoza, Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Shannon Teresi and Libertarian Deirdre McCloskey.
An amendment to the state constitution is also on the ballot related to workers rights. The article, if passed with a “yes” vote, will give workers the right to organize and collectively bargain, according to the explanation of the amendment.
The only federal race is for a U.S. Senate seat. Voters will choose between Tammy Duckworth (Democrat), Kathy Salvi (Republican) and Bill Redpath (Libertarian).