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Election canvas delivers decisive vote for Diamond

Town's electrical aggregation result was only significant change for county

Published: Thursday, April 5, 2012 5:10 p.m. CDT

The results of Thursday's canvas proves one vote does make a difference.

Official results that came in after the primary election, including all absentee and provisional ballots, were counted at the Grundy County Clerk's office. Of 29,301 registered voters, 6,932 cast ballots in the primary election, County Clerk Lana Phillips said. That is a 23.66-percent turnout.

"I was hopefully optimistic (predicting) 30 percent, but you just never know," she said.

With the final totals, Diamond's referendum tie on an electrical aggregation option of 129 votes to 129 votes was broken by one vote — 130 no votes to 129 yes votes.

In the end, the referendum failed in Diamond. The referendum was asking residents to allow their village officials to negotiate electricity deals on behalf of their residents with suppliers other than ComEd.

In Minooka, with voters in Grundy, Will and Kendall counties, the vote was close election night, with 479 against and 458 votes in favor. The overall result remained unchanged, but the gap spread just a little more with the canvas totals: 482 no votes to 463 yes, Phillips said. 

Diamond's referendum tie was a first for the clerk, who has held the position for decades.

"After checking with the state Board of Elections and the state's attorney, a tie vote for a referendum means the referendum fails," she said. "But in this case, there was no tie."

In Channahon and Coal City, voters supported the electrical aggregation referendum, and that remained unchanged with the canvas. This allows for officials in those towns to "arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program."

In unincorporated Grundy County, the negotiated pricing remained defeated, as well, with the no votes remaining at 1,085 and the yes votes gaining three for a total of 778.

Dozens of municipalities in the Chicago region – and about 300 statewide – went to voters on election day for permission to broker the power deals. The goal was to let local governments obtain market rates that currently are lower than those offered in the Chicago area by ComEd and downstate by supplier Ameren Illinois.

Some of the nearly 20 Illinois communities that have already approved such ballot initiatives, including the city of Morris, have reported residents savings 15 to 30 percent in the supply portion of their power bills.

The candidate races winners remained unchanged with Thursday's totals. Candidates running in the primary from the presidential race to the Grundy County Board gained some minimal votes, but not enough to change the results of the races on election day.

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