A hearing of the Madison County Electoral Board ended with the board looking for two members. The board needs three members in order to rule on challenges to an upcoming ballot question, but the state’s attorney and circuit clerk recused themselves since they publicly opposed the ballot question that is up for review.
That leaves Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza as the lone member for now. The two back-up members of the board, the sheriff and the treasurer, have also recused themselves due to a conflict of interest in the matter. A decision on the replacements will be up to Chief Judge David Hylla, who will pick two people to join Ming-Mendoza in reviewing the challenges. The tax cut question will be on the ballot, unless objections to the ballots are upheld. Two objections have been filed so far; one by former Alton Police officer Richard Gillespie and another by former Edwardsville Police Chief and city administrator Ben Dickmann. Another hearing by the board will be held on Friday morning.