Oak Park and River Forest voters will find two items on the November ballot that may come as a surprise. Voters are asked to fill the open Senate seat twice, and to decide whether the Illinois Constitution should be amended to allow recall of a sitting governor.
Sen. Roland Burris’ term of office will expire Nov. 2, requiring a special election to fill the seat for two months until the winner of the Senate position is seated on Jan. 3, 2011. The special election has been combined with the general election, so voters must mark their ballot twice to select their favored senatorial candidate: A single vote will not be counted for both elections. The candidates aspiring to the six-year term are also on the ballot for the two-month term.
Voters also have the opportunity to weigh in on whether they want to amend the Illinois Constitution to allow voter recall and replacement of a sitting governor.
More information about the election is available at the website of the League of Women Voters of Illinois, www.lwvil.org. The site also links the voter to a useful, award-winning online voters’ guide at www.Vote411.org. This guide allows the voter to assemble a mock ballot showing all candidates and ballot measures on which the voter will have a voice, to get the address of her or his polling place, and to get nonpartisan information about candidates, electoral issues and ballot procedures.
Theresa Amato and Pauline Koch
Co-presidents, OPRF League of Women Voters