March 15, 2016 General Primary Election Thank You
3/23/2016, 9:28 a.m.
Nancy Schultz Voots, Will County Clerk, would like to thank voters for their patience at their polling places on Election Day. Lines were longer due to the enactment of Senate Bill 172, passed in June 2015 by the Illinois State legislators, mandating all counties in Illinois to offer Same Day Registration and electronic pollbooks. “This resulted in delays and frustration for everyone, but I would like to express appreciation to my election judges, field technicians and staff for doing their best to meet the challenge of implementing this Bill,” said Voots.
In anticipation of the November 8th General Election, which always attracts a large voter turnout, Voots strongly urges voters to plan ahead. “It is the voter’s responsibility to make sure their registration is up to date,” said Voots. “It’s a good idea to do this sooner rather than waiting until the last minute.” Voters can do this by going to www.thewillcountyclerk.com. This will give people ample time to make any necessary corrections and avoid potential problems on Election Day.
All registered voters in Will County are also eligible to order a Vote by Mail ballot. “You don’t need a reason to get a Vote by Mail ballot and you can do it today,” said Voots who encouraged voters to go to her website or call her office at 815-774-6367 to place their order. Ballots will be mailed out beginning September 29th and must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 8th.
Voters who would like to express their concerns about Senate Bill 1972 should direct their comments to their State Senator and Representative. “The County Clerk’s Office does not make the laws, but it is our responsibility to enforce them,” said Voots. Voters can find who to contact by going to the home page of the Will County Clerk’s website and looking under “Who are My Elected Officials?”