If a primary is needed, that election will be held on April 30th.
The city of Springfield has its eyes set on that June 25th election date to possibly piggyback with the senate election.
That’s because it fits into the time frame in which the city could be voting on the casino issue.
Meanwhile Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says a June 25th election day for the senate seat and a casino vote could increase the turnout,”My concern initially in one calendar year we had the possibility of having five elections, and if they combined those two elections into one, we’d save on cost and have more voters turn out at the polls,” says Gladys Oyola, Springfield Election Commissioner.
The good news for Springfield taxpayers is that they won’t be paying for those elections whether they’re held on the same day or not,”I know the state will definitely pay for the election because it’s a state mandated date for that election and if the city can piggyback onto it I’m not sure if somehow the casino companies would pay a portion of it, that’s still yet to be determined,” says Oyola.
Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s Chief Development officer says if the casino vote is not held on June 25th, then the casino company or companies would pay for the election,”I would point out to you the election as it relates to the casino will not be a cost to the taxpayer because the casino operators will be picking up the tab for that,” says Kennedy.
Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says the June 25th date would work well for the city logistically because 27 of the city’s precincts are located in school buildings and with school out for the summer there would be better access to those schools and more parking available.