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Mar 30

Voting in Person - Polling Place Information

Posted on March 30, 2021 at 3:16 PM by Robert Watson

Election Day 2021 is Tuesday, April 6. All polling places will be open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Early voting is available at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Mondays through Fridays.

To find your polling place visit the Precinct Maps and Polling Locations page.
Mar 12

Take Advantage of Early Voting

Posted on March 12, 2021 at 8:04 AM by Robert Watson

Early voting is available for McLean County voters through April 5 at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA) from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.

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Sep 24

Election Judge Waitlist

Posted on September 24, 2020 at 2:34 PM by Robert Watson

Thanks to everyone that has expressed interest in helping with the November election!

We've had well over 100 new election judge inquiries and all spots are filled.

At this time we are creating a wait list for those who express interest.We will keep your information on file and reach out should spaces become available in the future.
Sep 18

Statement Regarding Vote by Mail Letter from the Secretary of State to Voters

Posted on September 18, 2020 at 10:27 PM by Robert Watson


Voters, We understand the confusion and frustration many of you may be feeling after receiving a letter from the Secretary of State’s office concerning your vote by mail application. We have received dozen of phone calls, emails, and personal visits from voters who are angry or seeking clarification on the status of their vote by mail application.

If you are uncertain of your vote by mail application status, please contact your local election authority and they will gladly let you know if (a) it has been received, (b) if it has been processed, and (c) if there were any issues with the application.

Below you will find a copy of a press release from McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael and Tim Mitchell, Executive Director, Bloomington Election Commission. In addition, this is a highlighted portion of Illinois Senate Bill 1863 (SB 1863), the new law passed this year regarding the 2020 General Election.

If you don’t have time to read the press release or SB 1863, there are a few takeaways we want to ensure you know.
  1. We only share information with the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE), which is legally mandated. The only information is whether or not someone has requested a vote by mail ballot.
  2. The status provided by the Secretary of State’s Office does not necessarily reflect the actual status in our office. We continue to process vote by mail applications which may not have been processed when the ISBE pulled the records to send the letter.
  3. The Secretary of State was legally mandated to send this letter, and much of the language in it, as a part of SB1863. The Secretary of State is also mandated to send a similar letter “No later than October 15, 2020."


Statement from McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael and Tim Mitchell Executive Director, Bloomington Election Commission on Vote by Mail Letter sent by Secretary of State’s Office to Voters

Over the past few days, many McLean County and City of Bloomington voters have received a letter from Secretary of State Jesse White’s office alerting them that they have not applied for a Vote by Mail ballot, and they should contact our office to complete their application. These letters have been sent to voters throughout Illinois from the Secretary of State’s office. These letters were not sent by our offices. Furthermore we were not informed of the content of the letter nor contacted to provide input.

The letters were part of the mandate of SB 1863, the election bill passed by the state legislature in May as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It requires election authorities, such as the McLean County Clerk, to send a mail ballot application to every voter who has voted in any of the past three elections. The law also stipulates that the Secretary of State shall send, by Sept. 15, 2020, a notice to any voter in Illinois who received an application for a vote by mail ballot but according to State Board of Elections records has not yet applied for a vote by mail ballot.

However, the notices do not accurately reflect the current status of Vote by Mail applications our offices have received from McLean County and City of Bloomington voters. Many voters who have applied for mail ballots, as well as voters who have no interest in voting by mail, have received these letters.

We assure those who have applied for ballots to be mailed that our offices have been processing your applications, and vote by mail ballots will be sent to voters who have requested them beginning September 24 and should start arriving in homes the following week. Voters will receive confirmation that your ballot has been received.

Several Early Voting opportunities and Election Day polling places will be available as always to any voters who prefer to utilize those options. All polling locations are scheduled to be open for in person voting on Election Day. Please check our websites for all election information. Early voting begins this coming Thursday, September 24 at our new location the Grossinger Motors Arena, downtown Bloomington from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Kathy Michael, McLean County Clerk
309.888.5183

Tim Mitchell, Executive Director, Bloomington Election Commission
309.888.5136

Sep 17

Polling Place IDPH Guidance

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 4:49 PM by Robert Watson


The Illinois Public Health Department (IDPH) has released guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in polling places for the November 2020 General Election.

This plan includes the following topics:
  • Polling locations plans Physical environments for polling locations
  • Shared objects Preventive actions in election polling places
  • Preventive actions for election judges
The McLean County Clerk's office takes the health and well-being of the public and election workers very seriously and will adhere to the guidelines provided by the IDPH.

To review the document in its entirety, you can download a PDF of the guidelines.
Sep 12

Four Polling Place Changes for Nov. 2020

Posted on September 12, 2020 at 1:38 PM by Robert Watson

Four of our Normal polling places will not be available for the November 2020 election. Voters in the affected precincts were mailed a letter recently informing them of their new polling place for the Nov. 3, 2020 election only.

The impacted polling places are:
 Precinct  Old Polling Place
 New Polling Place
 Normal 07
 Epiphany Church
 Journey Church
1302 E. College Ave.
Normal, IL
 Normal 10
 Evergreen Place
 Oakdale Elementary School
601 S. Adelaide St.
Normal, IL
 Normal 21
 McLean County Nursing Home
 Calvary Baptist Church
1017 N. School St.
Normal, IL
 Normal 29
 Unity Community Center
 Our Saviour Lutheran Church
1510 N. Main St.
Normal, IL

Aug 17

Are You Required to Vote by Mail if You Request a Vote by Mail Ballot?

Posted on August 17, 2020 at 8:20 AM by Robert Watson


Receiving your ballot in the mail does not commit you to voting by mail. Once you have filled in your ballot, sealed it, and mailed it you cannot vote again at your polling place or an early voting center. The key step there is mailing it.

You do NOT need to surrender your vote by mail ballot to vote in-person at a polling place.
For more information on provisional voting, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections.

When you go to your polling place, either on Election Day or during Early Voting, and attempt to check in, the election judge will see that you were mailed your ballot. At that time you can inform the election judge that you want to vote at the polling place instead. They will look you up, provide you with the correct ballot, have you vote, return the ballot to them and it will be placed in a large, secure Provisional Vote envelope.

This is a safeguard for anyone voting twice (by accident or otherwise).

How do we keep votes from counting twice? When you vote at the polling place, it immediately goes into the system. When your vote by mail ballot arrives at our office and we process that mail-in ballot, our system will indicate you voted on Election Day. The ballot submitted at the polling place is the vote that is counted. The other ballot is placed in a special, secure file in case we need to reference it, but is not counted. The first vote received and entered in the system by the voter, is the one that is processed.
Aug 03

2020 General Election Ballot Positions

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 10:06 PM by Robert Watson


The results for Ballot Position Lottery, held on May 1, 2020 at 11:00 am:
  1. Libertarian
  2. Democratic
  3. Republican
Jul 31

Help! I've received multiple vote by mail applications

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 11:04 PM by Robert Watson

Most voters will receive more than one vote by mail application. Political parties, voting advocate organizations, and other entities may send vote by mail applications to voters. This may create confusion for voters,...

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Jul 28

Voter Question: Are electronic poll books used in McLean County to activate BMDs

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 10:26 PM by Robert Watson

No. Electronic poll books are only used to program the card that sets up the touchscreen.