O'Fallon Progress

Mayor wants you to get out and vote on Tuesday

City of O’Fallon Mayor Gary Graham
City of O’Fallon Mayor Gary Graham

The 2016 General Election takes place this week on Tuesday, Nov. 8. I want to encourage everyone to exercise one of the great freedoms we have as residents of America, by voting.

I want to share with you one of my favorite quotes by our 32nd President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the importance of voting. FDR once said, “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

So, please get out and vote. You can find a great amount of information about the upcoming election, including polling place locations, on the St. Clair County Clerk’s website at www.countyclerk.co.st-clair.il.us/elections/Pages/default.aspx.

On a separate note, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, the City of O’Fallon will soon be conducting a Special Census in O’Fallon. A Special Census will help O’Fallon get an updated population count, which will in turn help us qualify for state revenues we need to provide services.

We are now recruiting workers, mostly enumerators, for the Special Census. I encourage anyone wanting temporary-work or looking to make some extra money to apply.

The U.S. Census Bureau will pay enumerators $13.84 per hour, plus mileage and paid training. Enumerators will be asked to work 25-40 hours, each week. Employees must be 18 years of age or older and U.S. Citizens. Those working in the field are required to have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.

Although we don’t have an exact date, we do know that the Special Census will start sometime in January and is expected to last three to four weeks.

Applications to work for the Special Census can be picked up at City Hall, the O’Fallon Public Library, O’Fallon Public Safety Facility, or Katy Cavins Community Center. They can also be found at www2.census.gov/about/regions/employment-forms/bc-170d.pdf.

Applications need to be dropped off at City Hall or emailed to Grant Litteken at glitteken@ofallon.org. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 14.

If you have any questions about the Special Census, contact Litteken at glitteken@ofallon.org or Sandy Evans at sevans@ofallon.org or by calling 618-624-4500.

The strong working relationship between City Hall and the residents we serve is yet another example of why O'Fallon is such a great community in which to live.