State Board of Elections’ Pending Objection Hearings Delay Early Voting

Politics
February 9, 2018

Marion County Clerk Steven Fox announced today that ongoing objections to Candidates are not anticipated to be resolved by the State Board of Elections in time for ballots to be prepared and voting tabulators to be programmed for the opening of Early Voting on February 8, 2018. The ballots and machines will be available no later than February 21, 2018 – the beginning of Grace Period Registration and Voting – by which time most challenges seeking to remove candidates from the ballot should have been decided and final ballot certifications issued by the State Board of Elections.

“It is possible that ballots may be available prior to February 21, and if so, we will notify the media and voters through a news release,” said Clerk Fox. “It’s unfortunate that the compressed filing calendar for candidates and the circumstances of these objections will likely delay our receiving final certifications from the State Board of Elections and affect the opening of voting statewide. Once final certifications are received, we will move as quickly as possible to finalize ballots, program machines and open for voting.”

Voters seeking more information about voting By Mail and Early Voting schedules and locations should email countyclerk@marionco.illinois.gov, or call 618-548-3400.

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