Whiteside County has one "Election Authority." All elections and voter registration are conducted through this office. Whenever you hear the term "Election Authority" it refers to the Whiteside County Clerk. The office of your County Clerk is as Follows:
Whiteside County Clerk
200 E. Knox Street
Morrison, IL 61270
Within Whiteside County each unit of government has its own "Local Election Official". This Election Official is the Clerk or Secretary of the unit. When running for office in a particular unit of government, or when submitting petitions for referendum within that unit, it is done thru the Local Election Official. Candidates running for County Office file their petitions with the County Clerk. County-wide referendum petitions are also filed with the County Clerk. Multi-County or State Candidates will file with the State Board of Elections in Springfield.
You must be registered at your current address in order to vote. Polls on election day are open from, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Your precinct name and number is shown on your voter registration card. You will vote at the same location for every election. If you need assistance in determining your polling place, call the County Clerk's office at 815-772-5189.
If you are not registered OR not at your correct address, before the March 5 deadline to get registered, voters can come to our office anytime before or on election day; register/make corrections and vote a full ballot.
If you are registered at your correct address, you have to vote at your polling place on election day!
Voters can cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having a reason or an excuse for wanting to vote early. The law prohibits a person who voted during the early voting period from voting at the polls on Election Day. The votes cast during the early voting period will not be counted until after the polls close on Election Day.
The first day to vote early is February 21, 2019 and the last day for early voting is Monday April 1, 2019 in the County Clerk's office from 8:30am - 4:30pm.
We will be in Sterling at the Eastern Branch Courthouse 101 E Third St. Sterling, IL for voting on TBA 2019 from 9:00am-4:00pm each day.
Saturday Voting in Morrison ONLY TBA 2019 from 9:00 am - 12:00pm (noon).
If you missed the March 5, 2019 deadline to get registered for this election, you can register AND you will have to vote the same day in the County Clerk's Office, 200 E. Knox St. Morrison, IL during normal business hours 8:30-4:30. You will need to bring with you 2 items that have your current name and address on them. That could include driver's license, pieces of mail, insurance card, check book, etc. Grace Voting will continue during the election Tuesday April 2, 2019 from 6:00am - 7:00pm.
Saturday Voting in Morrison ONLY TBA, 2019 from 9:00 am - 12:00pm (noon).
Vote by Mail
A registered voter may also vote by mail ballot (absentee). Voters can print off and mail in an Application For Vote By Mail Ballot.
The last day we can receive a mailed or phone request for a ballot is Thursday March 28, 2019. Vote by Mail is a two part process. The first is calling our office to request an application at 815-772-5189 or printing off and sending in an Application for a ballot. Once we receive the signed application from the voter, we will mail the ballot to you. You vote and return through the mail to our office.
Vote by Mail Ballots will be processed each day at 1:00 p.m. in the County Clerk's Office, 200 E. Knox St., Morrison, IL.
The ballots will not be counted until after the polls close on Election Day.
Vote by Mail Ballots uncounted:
Ballots returned, not counted:
Vote by mail ballots sent and not returned: