Time To Make Your Election Day Mark

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After a campaign season made even more unusual by the pandemic, those who have not voted early or by mail will have the opportunity to make their marks at polling places during the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and will remain so until 7 p.m.  Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser will post unofficial results as they become available on the county website, montgomeryco.com.  Because of COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, access to the Historic Courthouse  will be limited to returning election judges and other authorized personnel.  Due to the large response to early voting and vote-by-mail, those results will be posted to the county website by precinct at the beginning of election night rather than at the end, which was the procedure at prior elections.  Ballots cast at polling places on election day will then be reported throughout the evening until all 38 precincts have reported.

At the top of the ballot, voters will decide whether or not they want to change the state constitution to allow more than one tax rate on income.  To become law, the yes-or-no question must either get “yes” votes on more than 60 percent of the votes cast or a majority of the voters in the election; in the latter case, not voting at all on the question could be equivalent to a “no” vote.

Montgomery County voters will also have their equal say in who gets to be the next president and vice president of the United States.  Republican incumbents Donald Trump and Mike Pence are running against Democrats Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris.  

The Green Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, American Solidarity Party, and Libertarians also have candidates on the ballot.

For US Senate, Republican Mark Curran is running against Democrat incumbent Dick Durbin, among three other choices.  Republican incumbent Rodney Davis faces Democrat Betsy Londrigan for Congress, and Republican incumbent Avery Bourne faces Democrat Chase Wilhelm for state representative.

For county office, Republican Andrew Affrunti is running against Democrat incumbent Bryant Hitchings for state’s attorney, while Republican incumbent Holly Lemons is unopposed for circuit clerk and Republican incumbent Randy Leetham is running unopposed for coroner.

For Montgomery County Board in District 1, Republican incumbents Connie Beck and Jeremy Jones, along with Democrat Rick Broaddus are running for two available seats, and in District 2, Republican incumbent Gene Miles, Republican Jim Havera, and Libertarian Jake Leonard are running for two available seats.

In District 3, voters may choose between Republican Doug Donaldson and Democrat Randy Singler, and in District 4, the choice is between Republican Patty Whitworth and Democrat incumbent Jim Moore.

Republican Russell Beason and incumbent Democrat Rich Wendel are unopposed for two seats in District 5, as are Republican Andy Ritchie and Democrat incumbent Tim Fogle in District 7.

In District 6, Republican Bev McCoy and Democrat Paul Sellers are running for an open seat.

For seats on the bench, Republican David Overstreet and Democrat Judy Cates are running for the Illinois Supreme Court judge, while Republican Mark Boie and Democrat Sarah Smith are running for appellate court judge.

Four judges must get at least 60 percent “yes” votes to retain their seats on the bench:  Thomas Welch for appellate judge, and circuit court judges Stanley Brandmeyer, Jim Roberts and Martin Siemer.

Voters in Litchfield city limits will get the opportunity to weigh in on an issue that has been debated in city hall multiple times.  The advisory question asks whether or not Litchfield should allow the sale and taxation of recreational cannabis in city limits.

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