Elections in McLean County may go a lot smoother, thanks to additional county board funding

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MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. — Many speculate the 2020 Election will produce the largest voter turnout in history. With that being said, McLean County may be able to help things go smoothly thanks to a new budget proposal.

Earlier this month, McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael, asked the board for more $300,000 to improve election services.

Michael said the money would go toward replacing the outdated Laptops with IPad’s. 

On Tuesday, the County Board presented the tentative FY20 budget of $102.8 million. Under the proposed budget the clerk would receive the additional funds needed to replace the aging voting equipment and set up a new poll.

“All the election equipment is getting old for election authorities all around the country and everyone is aware of that,” said Michael. “Nobody likes to see a big cost come in like that, but they also saw a big need and knew that we wouldn’t ask for something we didn’t need.”

The new voting poll will be in Watterson Towers on ISU’s campus.

It should be noted this was only the budget proposal, but Michael is confident the board will choose to give them the funds needed.

The county’s budget will be finalized by mid-November.

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