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Bloomington Election Commission seeks new member following resignation

The Bloomington Election Commission is taking applications to fill a vacancy on its board.

The commission that certifies elections in the city of Bloomington is seeking a new member.

The Bloomington Election Commission has had a resignation to its three-member board. Board member Robert Felton is stepping down due to health reasons.

According to the commission, applicants must be an Illinois resident for the last two years, must reside and be legally registered to vote in Bloomington and must be a “person of well-known political convictions.”

Applicants must declare their political affiliation because the board must include at least one Democrat and one Republican.

Executive director Luke Stremlau said the board will accept candidates from either party, since the two parties already are represented on the board.

“The role of an election commissioner is to oversee the office staff in a capacity of making sure everything is nonpartisan when it comes to elections,” Stremlau said.

Applicants must send a letter of interest to the commission by March 10. McLean County Judge Rebecca Foley will interview the applicants.

Stremlau said the new commissioner will not have to be ready to certify the municipal and school board elections on April 4, but he'd like the new member to be on hand to observe the vote counting.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.