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Voters in Washington vote to get rid of Partisan Elections

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WASHINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Future elections in Washington, Ill will no longer be partisan with voters passing a measure that will change how ballots are cast. 

The referendum makes it so voters will no longer have to cast party ballots in future municipal elections races, that is, only listing the person and the office 

Our news partners at 1470 Newsradio report that the Lilijan Stevens started the petition believing that it could attract more candidates to races. He said it would also save the city money by eliminating a primary election. 

However, Gary Manier, Mayor of Washington did not agree with that costing savings notion.  

Washington is the only Tazewell County community with partisan, municipal elections.

Partisan elections were eliminated with the measure passing with 2,534 (73%) voting yes to 942 (27%) voting no.

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