After a not-so-smooth March primary election for voters at various polling locations in Will County, Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots and her staff made several adjustments ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.
By all accounts, it worked well. The clerk’s office announced last week a voter turnout of 74.51 percent with 306,410 ballots cast.
It’s the highest percentage turnout since the 2008 general election, when 76.14 percent of registered voters cast ballots. The total number of ballots cast in November was the highest ever in Will County. The previous high was 284,661, according to data on the county clerk’s website.
Categories: Local Issues
Tags: Voter Registration, Voting Laws, 2016 Elections
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots has issued a news release outlining rules for early voting and grace period registration/voting for the Nov. 4 election in light of a new state law enacted July 1.
Early voting will extend through Nov. 2.
Grace period registration/voting has been extended through the closing of the polls at 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Tags: Will County, Voter Registration, Voting Laws, Voter ID laws, 2014 Elections
Illinois residents will be able to register to vote on Election Day, have more time to vote early and not be required to bring photo identification to vote early under a plan signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Pat Quinn.
Supporters wanted a trial run with the new rules, so the law only applies to the elections in November, with the goal of expanding it later.
Quinn called the plan critical to a democracy and said he wanted to make voting “as easy as possible.”
Categories: State Issues
Tags: Gov. Quinn, Voter Registration, Voting Laws, 2014 Elections
In 2008, 6 million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. In 2013, we want to make sure no one is left out.
On September 24, 2013, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated ﬁeld, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities--allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters or more who we could not reach otherwise.
Categories: Local Issues, State Issues, National Issues, Events
Tags: Voter Registration
Illinois election law allows residents who missed Tuesday’s voter registration deadline to sign up as late as three days before Election Day, but they have to go to their local election authority to do it.
In DuPage County, that means heading to the offices of the Election Commission, on the first floor of the DuPage County government headquarters at 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton. For Will County residents, it requires a trip to the offices of County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots, 302 North Chicago St., Joliet.
And there’s another catch: it demands multitasking. Those who take advantage of the grace period option have to cast their votes immediately after signing up.
Tags: Will County, Voter Registration