Tolono considers challenge to election petition

TOLONO — The village electoral board will continue a meeting next week to determine the validity of an objection filed against the nominating petition of a village board candidate.

Last weekend, the electoral board took public comments and considered an objector's petition to Greg Cler's nominating petition for village president.

On Jan. 8, Tolono resident Rena M. Anderson filed an objection with the village, claiming Cler obtained 22 fraudulent signatures. Cler obtained 64 signatures; a minimum of 30 signatures is required to be on the April 9 ballot.

Anderson's objection alleges that eight people are not registered to the addresses given, seven have signed another village president candidate's petition, four have signatures that don't match their registration, and three are not registered to vote.

In addition, Anderson objected to Cler's failure to complete the independent candidate petition pages by not including what municipality and county voters who signed the petition are in, what election voters are to attend and the election date.

At the hearing, Cler questioned whether Anderson had reviewed the nominating petitions of the other three village president candidates, Denny Davis, Damian Donberger and Jeff Holt. Anderson said she had.

"I wanted to make sure I wasn't singled out," Cler said.

Anybody who signed more than one candidates' petition will be eliminated from each petition.

The hearing will be continued at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at the village hall, 507 W. Strong St.

Village Attorney Marc Miller said the hearing will be conducted like a court proceeding.

"Anybody that'll be making comments will be under oath," he said.

Village Clerk Dixie Phillips has to have the certificate of ballot filed by Jan. 31.

The electoral board consists of Phillips, Village President Kent Plackett and Trustee Mike Golish. Normally the trustee serving on the electoral board is the one with seniority; that would be Jeff Holt, but he is also running for village president. The board has to have two affirmative votes to make a decision.

Cler served one term as village president, from 2005 to 2009. Plackett, who defeated Cler in the 2009 election, is not seeking re-election.

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