In collaboration with DuPage County Clerk Paul Hinds and Election Commission Chairwoman Cathy Ficker Terrill, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin proposed a consolidation of the DuPage Election Commission and the Office of the County Clerk on Tuesday. The proposed consolidation would merge the functions of the two offices while maintaining and increasing the independent bi-partisan oversight that offers public access to the decisions made regarding election policy.
The proposal, announced Tuesday during the regular DuPage County Board meeting, describes the new model of governance which increases efficiency, transparency and the accountability of elections in DuPage County.
Chairman Cronin said, “Merging the functions of two County offices that experience a high volume of public inquiries and interactions on a daily basis, allows for a smoother customer experience, eliminates redundancy and increases efficiency.” The operations would be consolidated into an Election Division in the DuPage County Clerk’s Office.
In addition, Chairman Cronin’s proposal would create a five-member Board of Election Commissioners which would set election policy, hold public meetings and receive public comment. The County Clerk would serve as Chairman of that Board.
“I believe this proposal fulfills our commitment to increase accountability, consolidate functions where it makes sense, and improve transparency for our residents. There is no higher priority for us than ensuring an open, efficient and accessible election system in DuPage County,” said Cronin.
DuPage County Clerk Paul Hinds commented, “From a resident perspective, the merged offices will provide ‘one-stop shopping’ for our customers. The goal is to allow them to complete a number of transactions in one trip and to provide answers to as many of their questions as possible.”
DuPage County Election Commission Chairwoman Cathy Ficker Terrill highlighted the importance of the bi-partisan representation featured in the plan. “An integral part of all of our discussions has been the need to retain and enhance both political parties’ representation within the Election Commission. I believe all voters are well-served in DuPage County under this proposal.”
Details of the consolidation proposal can be found at www.dupageco.org/ECProposal. Residents can provide comments electronically via that web page or in person. A public hearing on the proposal will be held following the Jan. 10 DuPage County Board meeting at approximately 11 a.m. in the DuPage County Board Room, JTK Administration Building, 421 County Farm Road, Wheaton.