It’s municipal Election Day, with the polls open from 6 this morning until 7 this evening. In addition to seats on councils and school boards up for grabs, many rural communities will have the opportunity to vote on electrical aggregation, which would bring in a third-party broker to purchase electricity at a discount for Ameren customers.
And in Kinmundy, voters are deciding whether or not to allow the sale of alcohol.
There are contested council races in both Centralia and Salem, as well as in Patoka, while Patoka also has a contested mayoral race. Also having a contested mayoral race is Kell, Sandoval and Odin.
Marion County Clerk Steve Fox says he expects only a 15-20 percent voter turnout for today’s election, while the State Board of Elections is expecting a 20-25 percent statewide turnout.
While a large turnout is not expected, the State Board of Elections will still have hotlines open and ready to help Illinois voters who may encounter problems in casting their ballots.
The hotline numbers are 312-814-6466 and 217-782-4141.