DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo continues to turn out useful electoral information.
Below he tells the changes in the early voting law:
Changes to Early Voting
The end of May also brings with it the end of the Legislative Session in Springfield.
While the driving issues of the day were the budget, pensions, and Medicaid; the Association of County Clerk’s and Recorder’s was watching carefully the Election’s Omnibus bill which passed both chambers and now awaits the Governor’s signature.
Some of the most noticeable potential changes in this year’s Omnibus bill are reflected in the processing and execution of Early Voting throughout the State.
While the legislation still awaits the Governor’s signature, it is anticipated that it will become law.
Under the new rules: Early Voting will again be mandatory on NIU’s campus this year, for the entirety of the Early Voting period.
It is also mandated that it be placed in a “high traffic” area.
We are working with our partners at NIU to ensure we have a high traffic area, as well as one that has easy access to the community for parking and voting in the greater DeKalb area.
The timeframe for Early Voting could also potentially change.
The period currently runs between the 22nd day and the 5th to last day before the Election.
Under the new proposals, it will run from the 15th to the 3rd
Candidates interested in this opportunity can download forms for local office at to last day before the Election.
Grace period registration could also coincide with this period.
Again, our office will attempt to broadcast voting opportunities to all residents in an easy to understand capacity, cutting through the six different types of voting activities.
Additionally, we are expanding the accessibility of Early Voting throughout the County.