Aurora Election Commission - MARCH 20 BALLOT


On the March 20 ballot, Aurora voters will be able to vote on the following question:
Shall the City Election Law be Rejected?

In the most basic terms, the question is asking:
Should the Aurora Election Commission be Closed*?

“Closing” the Election Commission means that the Commission will no longer continue to exist and all of its functions will be taken over by the County Clerk.  Except in a handful of cities in Illinois, County Clerks are responsible for elections. The Kane, Kendall and Will County Clerks administer voter registration and conduct elections in their counties everywhere else but in Aurora.

Voting “YES” means voters agree the Aurora Election Commission (AEC) should be closed. In the event the referendum is successful, the Kane County Clerk has agreed to establish a branch office in downtown Aurora to take the place of the AEC and to provide additional services to residents which the AEC cannot offer. 

Voting “NO” means voters agree the AEC should remain as is since 1934.

ABOUT THE AURORA ELECTION COMMISSION

The Aurora Election Commission (AEC) is an independent body that serves as the election authority for the City of Aurora, except for the portion of Aurora located in DuPage County. Voters in DuPage County are served by the DuPage County Election Commission and are also being asked whether they’d like to see their Election Commission closed as well.

Throughout Illinois, in cities which are not served by Election Commissions, the county clerk serves as the election authority and county government is solely responsible for paying the costs associated with conducting elections. Additionally, under State law, the State’s attorney serves as the legal counsel to the county clerk and provides advice on election matters without additional fee or reward. 

When the City’s voters established the AEC by referendum in 1934, they did so to ensure that voter registration was available in Aurora. In creating the AEC, these voters also caused costs associated with running elections to be transferred from Kane County to the City.  Since 1934, changes to federal and State law have greatly reduced barriers to voter registration and today there are more ways to register to vote than at any time in the past. 

The Election Code authorizes the AEC to manage elections within the City of Aurora. This includes responsibility for voter registration, early and Election Day voting, and the tabulation and certification of election results.  The Election Code does not authorize the AEC to provide any services not related to these functions.

The AEC is governed by three individuals appointed by Kane County’s Chief Judge.  Aurora’s voters and elected officials have no say in their appointment. Aurora’s voters and elected officials also have no control over the AEC’s spending The Election Code makes the City’s taxpayers responsible for significant costs associated with operating the AEC.  These costs include the salaries and benefits. 

Property and sales taxes collected in the City of Aurora support county government, including the election operations of the county clerk. These taxes also support the operations of the AEC. Aurora taxpayer pay for their county’s election services as well as the election services of the AEC.

THE CURRENT COST TO OPERATE THE AURORA ELECTION COMMISSION

Year
Aurora Contribution
Kane County Contribution
Annual Combined Payments to AEC
for the last 10 yrs.
2007
$508,886.82
$453,876.00
$962,762.52
2008
$972,265.40
$490,806.00
$1,463,071.40
2009
$594,223.67
$515,135.00
$1,109,358.67
2010
$859,291.56
$504,209.00
$1,363,500.56
2011
$842,560.00
$465,634.00
$1,208,194.00
2012
$974,041.00
$418,433.00
$1,392,474.00
2013
$364,615.36
$364,615.00
$729,230.36
2014
$600,781.60
$347,539.00
$948,418.60
2015
$767,090.00
$344,637.00
$1,111,727.00
2016
$531,494.00
$363,600.00
$895,094.00
2017
$526,750.00
$402,190.00
$928,940.00
TOTAL
$7,541,999.41
$4,670,674.00
$12,212,673.40

The Kane County Clerk, the Mayor of Aurora, and the Chairman of the Kane County Board have agreed to work collaboratively to establish a satellite office of the County Clerk in downtown Aurora if the referendum prevails.

The County Clerk has agreed to provide a variety of services at this satellite office which cannot be offered by the AEC.  

If the referendum prevails, these individuals have agreed to work with the Aurora City Council and the Kane County Board to formalize the agreement.

A COMPARISON OF SERVICES

Services Currently Provided by the 
Aurora Election Commission
Services to be provided as a 
Satellite Office of the Kane County Clerk
Elections
Elections
Election Results
Election Results
Early Voting
Early Voting
Polling Sites
Polling Sites
Voter Registration
Voter Registration

Voter Mobile

Birth Certificates

Death Certificates

Marriage Licenses

Passports 

Voter Education

Candidate Services 


Voting “YES” means voters agree the Aurora Election Commission (AEC) should be closed. In the event the referendum is successful, the Kane County Clerk has agreed to establish a branch office in downtown Aurora to take the place of the AEC and to provide additional services to residents which the AEC cannot offer. 

Voting “NO” means voters agree the AEC should remain as is since 1934.