Kim Thomas of Troy, who gathered petitions for a Madison
County property tax cut, testified on Thursday that she confirmed the validity
of 46 signatures that the county electoral board has questioned.
If her testimony holds up, tax cut supporters would close a
gap of 19 between the necessary number of signatures, 8,024, and those the
board confirmed, 8,005.
The board plans to resume the hearing Friday morning.
On Thursday, tax cut counsel Don Weber of Alton placed Thomas
on the stand and asked if she served in the Air Force.
Thomas said she served 25 years, with time in Germany,
Bosnia and Saudi Arabia. She stated that she circulated petitions and gathered
She said she received a binder with 89 signatures the board
questioned, and that she contacted signers and checked the voter registry.
“They lived where they marked,” Thomas said. “I knew many of
Electoral board counsel Stephen Wigginton of Troy asked how
many were correct.
She said 46, and she gave the board a spreadsheet with color
Attorney William Schooley of Granite City, representing tax
cut opponents Bennett Dickmann and Richard Gillespie, objected.
Board member and former Madison County associate judge James
Hackett said the board would admit the spreadsheet.
Schooley asked Thomas if they all signed in front of her,
and she said yes.
He asked if she allowed anyone to sign more than one line.
She said one man signed for his wife.
Schooley asked about a second one, and Thomas said she
wasn’t aware of it until she did the review.
In response to a question from Hackett she said, “There were
42 that were no good, 46 that were good, and one I don’t know.”
Other witnesses testified that they confirmed signatures the
County treasurer Kurt Prenzler said he received a binder,
reviewed 82 of its 117 pages, and found eight good signatures that the board
State’s attorney candidate Ron Williams and Robert Hulme,
father of deputy treasurer Doug Hulme, offered documents about their
Weber asked how people reacted when he confirmed their
“They were upset because they felt they had signed their
petitions in a correct way,” Hulme said.
When Williams testified, Schooley told him the signatures on
his documents weren’t notarized.
Williams said that was right, and Schooley moved to strike
Weber said, “He’s under oath.”
County clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza, chair of the hearing,
denied Schooley’s motion.