Vote gone wrong; president steps down

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 01/18 2014 06:30PM

Updated 01/20 2014 10:34AM

Update: 5:33 pm, 1/19/14, Sunday
DANVILLE -- Voting at the Humane Society stopped because a candidate's name was left off the ballot. Sunday, a candidate took himself out of the race.

Jim Crose, the current president of the board at the human society, resigned, but this isn't the first time someone's left the board. Last year six members left all at once.

But the community is optimistic about the changes and volunteers are pouring in. The board hasn't rescheduled the election but hopes to have it in February.
Original: 6:30 pm, 1/18/14, Saturday
DANVILLE -- Residents turned out to vote for a new executive board at the humane society, but it didn't go as planned. At the Java Hut, people aren't here for the coffee. They're here to vote on new board member for the Humane Society.

"All 11 seats are up for election that's never happened before," says Ricky Williams.

He's the vice mayor and an alderman. The board brought him in to make sure the ballots are fair. Halfway through the voting process something happened.

"There was a name that was left off the ballot," says Williams.

It brought everything to a halt, frustrating many in attendance.

Including Amy Fischer, "I cannot stand for how these animals are being treated."

Doctor Fischer is an animal scientist at the UI, and for two years, she saw firsthand what went on inside the humane society.

"The conditions are very poor for the animals," says Fischer.

She goes on to say the animals didn't receive medical treatment at the appropriate time and standards of care aren't being met.

"Such as the appropriate way to house the animals, socialize them, the level of stress that they go through, and vaccinating, medical care. It's because of vocalizing that opposition that I’ve been essentially dismissed," says Fischer.

Earlier in the week, only 60 people qualified to vote in the election, within days that number jumped to nearly 250.

Fischer says, "The Danville Humane Society has so many people in this community who are willing to step forward and help the animals and they have expert consultants willing to come and help make things better and it’s infuriating because the current board and management are resisting that."

The board hopes to have the meeting rescheduled for sometime in February.

We couldn't get a comment from the board. President Jim Crose didn’t return out calls.

As for the ballots, the names on the preliminary and absentee ballots were correct. Whether or not they decide to count those votes at the rescheduled election hasn't been decided.

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