GENEVA – With the dissolution of the Aurora Election Commission on March 20, officials will be transferring records and equipment from its 63 Kane County precincts to the Kane County Clerk’s office, officials said.
Voters approved dissolving the Aurora Election Commission, with 6,476 yes votes to 5,060 no votes, unofficial results show. The commission’s attorney, Patrick Bond, said the DuPage County portion will be handled by the DuPage County Election Commission and clerks in Will and Kendall counties will handle the portions in their respective counties.
“We are going to have an orderly transition without compromising any voter records or any operation so everything will be set up and in place and available for the commencement of the general election in November,” Bond said.
Bond said nothing will happen until the election results are certified after April 10.
Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said his office is putting together a permanent satellite office in Aurora.
“We’ve already got the location and we’ve been working on this since I came into this office,” Cunningham said. “There always was the potential the county would take over the Aurora Election Commission and I wanted to have plans in place.”
Cunningham said the commission has two part-time staff members who will receive training on the county’s equipment – because it’s different – as well as learn how to handle vital records and tax extension.
“We are in the process of meeting with my staff and to get their staff educated down there,” Cunningham said.
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen, who collected signatures to get the question on the ballot, said it would save city of Aurora taxpayers about $750,000 a year, which they pay to support the commission.
If the commission’s duties were taken up by the Kane County Clerk, it would cost that office an additional $150,000 to $250,000, Lauzen had said.