With the Consolidated 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 who will be unable to vote at their polling place on election day, can request an application for an absentee ballot from their local county clerk.
Absentee voting will be offered during regular office hours between 8:30a.m. and 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday. In-person absentee voting will also be offered on Saturday, April 4, 20009 from 9:00a.m. to 12 noon. The last day to vote in-person absentee is Monday, April 6, 2009.
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, April 2, 2009.
Nelson said that to qualify for an absentee ballot a person must be a registered voter who is unable to vote in-person at his/her polling place on election day for one of the following reasons:
- expect to be absent from the county on election day
- be appointed to serve as an election judge in a precinct outside of their home precinct
- be physically incapacitated
- be observing a religious holiday
- be acting in an official capacity as an election official
In addition, members of the armed forces and their families, nursing home residents and permanently physically incapacitated persons may qualify to vote absentee.
To request and absentee ballot call the County Clerk's office at 815-772-5189