The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

Letters to the Editor

April 6, 2014

Voting change will be costly

Voting change will be costly

Editor:

The primary election is over and we need to thank everyone for the part they played in bringing out the Republican vote, particularly the “new Republicans,” encouraged by phone calls from the Illinois Education Association to untold thousands of registered Democrats, urging them to select a Republican ballot and vote for Kirk Dillard and against Bruce Rauner.

It is unclear for the moment how many of the 302,000 votes Dillard received were from former Democrats, now officially Republicans, but the number clearly included scores of Democratic poll workers who —sufficiently uninformed about election laws to resist the baited offer, swallowed it hook, line, and sinker — and will now personally suffer the consequences. For those poll workers who voted Republican are now truly Republicans, and will remain so at least until well after the next primary election, and thus are ineligible to work as Democratic election officials.

It is highly doubtful the Republican officials will welcome them into their own ranks, and thus the workers will have forfeited working several election cycles at something more than $100 per cycle. Nice going, IEA.

Nothing like throwing your own under the bus! While every voter has the right to vote as he or she chooses, election workers are sworn to support their chosen party. They can change, as they have here, but they will pay the consequences, as they should. We wonder how many of them were led like sheep to slaughter by their democratic leaders and the IEA?

Vince Koers

Danville

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