By Kendra Hennis
The Douglas County Board called their emergency meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16. The meeting was necessary to pass ordinances before the 2020 primary election on Tuesday. Due to the COVID-19 virus, many who had planned to judge for the election are no longer able to do that, leaving Douglas County short on judges for the election. After speaking with the State Board of Election, they determined that if the board passed the ordinances, election precincts could be clustered as well as the number of election judges per precinct could be reduced to three. The board approved Ordinance 20-O-4, allowing the number of judges to be reduced to three for primary elections. The board then approved Ordinance 20-O-5, which allows for four precincts to be clustered into a “cluster-zone” for the election. Elections will be held as already scheduled in their precincts. County Clerk Judi Pollock noted that they have taken a lot of precaution for the upcoming election, buying every Dollar General in the county and Bath and Body Works out of hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. She also noted that “things are in place now so that we will not be in this position again.”
Under new business, Mr. Hein asked the board how they planned to proceed from here, and if they would still hold their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 18. Chairman Munson replied that under the Open Meeting Act, they are required to hold public meeting, so the meeting will happen as planned unless canceled by Governor Pritzker.
Mr. Munson also announced to the board the State’s Attorney Kate Watson was at work on an Emergency Declaration in response to the COVID-19 virus for Douglas County that she would present at the March 18 meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 2:03 p.m.