METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT (MWRD) ETHICS ORDINANCE January 6, 2020 - The League sent a letter to the Executive Director and the Commissioners of the MWRD expressing concerns with the proposed amendments to their Ethics Ordinance. While the League supports strengthening the Ordinance, the League urges that the amendments be revised to exempt non-profit, non-partisan organizations like the League from being subject to the fees and registration requirements for "lobbyists" as currently defined in the amendments. READ THE LETTER HERE.
New Voting Equipment for Cook County Elections Paper Ballots for all Votes
Members of the LWVCC Voter Services Committee met with Edmund Michalowski, Cook County Deputy Clerk of Elections on October 15 to see the new equipment that will be used throughout suburban Cook County and Chicago starting with the March Primary. After the voter uses the touch screen to make the choices for each office, the touch screen will print out a marked ballot for the voter to check and then insert into a scanner. Voters who mark paper ballots will use this same scanner to record their votes.
Rahul Patel, Elections Information Security Officer for both the Chicago Board of Elections and the Cook County Clerk’s Office, also met with the group to discuss the security in place to insure the integrity of the elections. Having paper ballots for all votes is one way to ensure the integrity of the election.