With the General Primary Election a month away, County Clerk Dana Nelson today said that it is time to turn attention to voting-more specifically absentee voting. Illinois election law provides that 40 days before an election, qualified voters can request an application for an absentee ballot from their local County Clerk.
In the past a voter needed a reason to cast an absentee ballot. This law was changed inAugust of 2009. A voter no longer needs to specify a reason for casting an absentee ballot.
Absentee voting will be offered during regular office hours between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. In-person absentee voting will also be offered on Saturday, January 16, 23 and 30, 2010 from 9:00 AM to noon. The last day to vote in-person absentee is Monday, February 1, 2010.
A registered voter may also vote an absentee ballot by mail. Nelson noted that mail applications for absentee ballot must be received by the election authority no later than Thursday, January 28, 2010.
To request absentee ballot call the County Clerk's office at 815-772-5189.