Suntimes reports on big precinct consolidation in Will County:
Will Co. clerk: Cutting precincts could save $200,000 per election
By Jon Seidel
JOLIET — A plan to consolidate Will County election precincts could save taxpayers as much as $200,000 per election, County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said.
It also could mean some Will County voters would be sent to new polling places when they cast their primary ballots in March. The county would shed 143 precincts, under the plan.
“The whole purpose of this is to save money, and also to be more efficient,” Voots said.
The clerk and her staff began working on the consolidation plan in June, when the county board voted on new political districts.
Under Voots’ proposal, Will County would have 302 precincts, each with 1,200 to 1,300 registered voters. Today the county has 445 precincts, she said, with varying numbers of registered voters. In one Plainfield precinct, Voots said, just 11 people showed up to vote in a recent election.
Voots said her plan will save the county money on voting booths, election judges and staff preparation. She said she’s trying to encourage voters to turn out on Election Day, but she doesn’t expect her plan to cause long lines. . . (read full)