NORMAL — Voters in Normal, Heyworth and Randolph Township gave permission Tuesday for their local governments to bundle residential electricity needs to attract the lowest-bidding supplier.

Unofficial totals showed that 9,839 Normal voters (54 percent) approved of electric aggregation, while 8,331 voted against it.

In Randolph Township, an identical measure garnered 1,218 “yes” votes (62 percent) and 729 “no” votes. In Heyworth, the “yes” votes totaled 734, which also was 62 percent. There were 437 voters in Heyworth voting against electric aggregation.

Pool, bid out electricity

The approval allows those local governments to pool and bid out residential Ameren customers’ electricity needs. Residents have the right to opt out if they wish to determine their own provider.

Proponents said aggregation would save customers money on their electric bills. Opponents considered the measure a government intrusion.

Normal and Bloomington voters rejected the measure in March, but when approving a second ballot question earlier this year Normal leaders cited misunderstanding and confusion. Bloomington chose not to reconsider the ballot question.

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