The ballot question is to establish a
voluntary assessment of 5 cents per 50-pound bag of labeled
commercial equine feed to develop programs and projects in equine
research, education, industry enhancement and promotion.
Proof of ownership is required to vote
absentee or on the actual election date. Acceptable proof consists
of one of the following: current registration for equine, receipt of
a valid Coggins test within the last 12 months, receipt for the
current lease of an equine, a lease purchase agreement/contract or
other legal document showing current ownership or lease interest in
an equine, or a receipt for equine feed, supplies, care or service
within the past 12 months.
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There is no age restriction on voting.
FFA or 4-H members who can satisfy the ownership documentation
requirements are eligible to vote. In the case of multiple owners of
a single animal, all are eligible to cast a vote. There is only one
vote per person, even if the person owns several horses. And it is
possible to vote in any Illinois county of Illinois for this
election, but only one vote may be cast by each person.
[See related article,
"Horse checkoff program," posted Aug. 25 in LDN.]