Originally Posted Online: Nov. 07, 2012, 12:06 am
Last Updated: Nov. 07, 2012, 12:12 am
Voters back smaller RI board, concealed carry laws
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By Dawn Neuses, firstname.lastname@example.org
Voters within Rock Island County overwhelmingly support reducing the number of county board members from 25 to 15.
However, theresult of the proposed advisory referendum is non-binding and no action is required.
A total of 43,423 voters, or 71 percent, supported the election of 15 board members from three districts, according to unofficial Rock Island County election results.
A total of 16,954 voters, or 28 percent, were in favor of retaining the current board size.
Rock Island County Republicans collected more than 5,800 signatures to get the advisory referendum question on the size of the county board on the ballot.
The size of the board normally is set once a decade after redistricting.
Voters in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties weighed in on a conceal and carry advisory referendum question.
Out of 62,242 votes cast in Rock Island County, 35,715 voters, or 57 percent supported the proposition. A total of 26,527 voters cast ballots against conceal and carry.
In Henry County, 16,526 voters, or 73 percent, supported the advisory referendum, and 5,974 voted against it.
In Mercer County, 6,373 voters, or 78 percent, supported conceal and carry, and 1,789 were against it.
The city of Geneseo also posed an advisory referendum question: should video gaming should be prohibited in the city? Seventeen votes separated the results: 1,713 votes were cast to prohibit video gaming and 1,730 votes were to allow video gaming, according to unofficial Henry County election results.