Sep 30

Vote by Mail Ballot Delivery

Posted on September 30, 2022 at 10:50 AM by Robert Watson


The first day, legally, that ballots could be mailed by election authorities was Thursday, 9/29. All McLean County ballots have been mailed to those who initially submitted requests. If you do not receive your ballot by October 7, please contact our office.


Voters who have recently submitted their vote by mail applications should expect their ballots within 6-10 days after its submission.

Sep 30

Sample Ballots Available

Posted on September 30, 2022 at 10:44 AM by Robert Watson

Sample ballots for the 2022 General Election on Nov. 8 are posted to the McLean County Elections website. Visit https://www.mcleancountyil.gov/1600/Ballots to the sample ballots, organized alphabetically by precinct, then ballot style. A ballot style refers to a specific layout or content for a ballot, usually based upon precinct and/or address. Offices, candidates, or referenda may vary within a single precinct, based on an individual's address. For example, one side of a street may be in a different county board district, etc.

If you're uncertain which ballot style you'll use on Election Day, feel free to use the Contact Us button to submit your question and we'll be glad to assist.

To print a ballot

In Chrome

  1. Visit the Ballots page
  2. Select the ballot you wish you view. That will present a new window displaying a ballot icon
  3. Click the ballot icon
  4. On Mac, click Command-P. On Windows I think it’s Control-P. This will present the PDF in a new window
  5. Download or print the ballot.

In Firefox

  1. Visit the Ballots page
  2. Select the ballot you wish you view. That will present a new window displaying a ballot icon
  3. Click the ballot icon
  4. The ballot will load. At the top right there is a print icon and a download icon (as shown below)
Sep 18

Completing the Permanent Vote by Mail Application

Posted on September 18, 2022 at 10:21 PM by Robert Watson

This year our office mailed registered voters a vote by mail application as mandated by state law. We're getting these applications back and have noticed a trending point of confusion for voters that we want to bring to your attention to help you avoid issues with its acceptance.

There is a section at the bottom of the application (see the image below with a red box) with three checkboxes.

  • The first check box is to receive a vote by mail ballot for the November 8 General Election only.
  • The second checkbox informs our office to send you a vote by mail ballot for elections that do not require you to choose a party.
  • The third checkbox informs our office to send you a vote by mail ballot of all future elections. Some elections (primaries) require a voter to select a party to receive a ballot.

If you select the third checkbox, you are asked to choose ONE party whose ballot you wish to receive. In essence, by checking this box, then a party, you are telling us to send a ballot for that party when an election requires it.

For example, if you check the box next to "Democratic", you will receive a Democratic part ballot for any election that requires a party selection. The 2024 Primary Election will require a party selection. For that Primary Election, you will receive a ballot for the party you selected.

If you select the third checkbox option, please only check one party. Selection no parties or more than one party will result in your vote by mail application being rejected and will require you to correct the application or submit a new one.


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Sep 11

Vote by Mail Applications Mailed

Posted on September 11, 2022 at 9:56 PM by Robert Watson

If you didn't receive your vote by mail application in the mail last week, you should very soon. Illinois law requires that election authorities mail a vote by mail application to every registered voter in its jurisdiction. Following statute, our office mailed an application to every registered voter in McLean County with the exception of Bloomington residents. Those living in Bloomington city limits vote with the Bloomington Election Commission.

If you submitted a vote by mail application by printing and mailing one from our website, or be completing the online vote by mail application, you can discard the one mailed to you. There is no need to submit more than one application as only the first one will be processed.

During the 2020 Presidential Election, a number of organizations mailed vote by mail applications to voters which caused a fair amount of confusion. We encourage you to complete and submit the vote by mail application from our office and discard any others you may receive.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to call our office at 309-888-4035 or use the "Contact Us" link on our website to submit a question.

Sep 10

Election Judge Training Complete

Posted on September 10, 2022 at 11:09 PM by Robert Watson


The last two sessions of our election judge training for new judges for 2022 were held Friday and Saturday at our great location at the Mall (where we will also have Early Voting again beginning Sept. 29 AND it's a Polling Place ON ELECTION DAY FOR ALL MCLEAN COUNTY VOTERS!


Nearly 50 new judges were trained, which is "good" for two years. Thanks Election Training Team Leader Mark Senger and the E-Team these two days: Pat Furnace, Wayne Dillow, and Hunter Spencer. Another big shout out to Deborah Hutchins and Linda Hutchins who will continue to organize the process of all our data and help get these 50 confirmed at a Polling Place or on our wait-list as we are filled almost to capacity which is a wonderful achievement thanks to this team.


One other thank you goes to ISU Civic Engagement Team for their continued work with our office and their outreach to secure more election judges. Several ISU students (and teachers and staff members) took training. The ISU Bone Center will be a "vote center" on Election Day, Nov. 8, as will Eastland Mall, where we expect a LARGE turnout.

A vote center is similar to early voting but is on Election Day, where any McLean County resident can vote; of course, one can vote at their regular Polling Place on Election Day, OR, at one of the vote centers. We are mandated to have at least one. If you are not registered to vote, bring two proper forms of ID to register to vote AND vote, both during Early Voting and on Election Day. Expect a longer wait time if you are not already registered to vote. It takes a bit longer, 15-20 minutes vs. about 5 minutes, if you are already registered to vote. If you can, try to register to vote before Election Day. If not, it's a great opportunity, especially for those who have just moved to McLean County right before Election Day and have the two forms of ID, ONE must have your current local address. Feel free to share this information. (Photos by Pat Furnace)


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Sep 01

Running for Office in 2023: A Webinar

Posted on September 1, 2022 at 11:42 AM by Robert Watson

Tuesday, Sept. 6. 11:00 am
Join via Zoom


The Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) will host a webinar for those running for office in 2023. During the webinar, the SBE will review the 2023 Candidate's Guide and answer questions about the process. The webinar will be recorded for those who can not attend and will be available on our site.

To join the webinar:

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Apr 01

Decision - 2022 Primary Election Filing Objections

Posted on April 1, 2022 at 10:07 PM by Robert Watson

On Friday, April 1, 2022, the McLean County Officers Electoral Board met in the Law and Justice Center to complete the hearings of the Verified Objector's petition of Jill Blair, Shanya Watchinski, Anna Darrow, Cara McMorris and Sarah Breeden directed toward the Nominating Petitions of Candidates for the Office of McLean County Board Members and to deliberate and pass its decision on the hearings.

Read the full decision.

Mar 30

Public Notice - County Officers Electoral Board Reconvened Meeting

Posted on March 30, 2022 at 11:11 AM by Robert Watson

PUBLIC NOTICE 

 

OF THE COUNTY of MCLEAN 

COUNTY OFFICERS ELECTORAL BOARD

RECONVENED MEETING

            PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to the Illinois Open Meeting Act, you are hereby notified that the McLean County Officers Electoral Board shall reconvene on Friday, April 1, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 503 of the McLean County Law and Justice Center, 104 W. Front Street, Bloomington, Illinois where, pursuant to the Illinois Election Code, 10 ILCS 5/10-10, the Board shall reconvene its meeting where it will hear and pass upon an objection to nomination papers, in Case 2022-01, and issue a ruling on all objections received by the County Clerk’s Office regarding certain candidates seeking County office. 

AGENDA

A.        Call to Order

B.        Roll Call

C.        Adoption of Minutes from the March 28, 2022 meeting. 

D.        Objection to be heard and passed upon in the following case:

2022-01           Blair vs. Fellows

E.         Public Comment

F.         Deliberation and ruling of the Electoral Board on the following cases: 

2022-01           Blair vs. Fellows

2022-02           Watchinski vs. Schultz

2022-03           Darrow vs. Metsker

2022-04           McMorris vs. Blumenshine

2022-05           Breeden vs. Blumenshine

2022-06           Breeden vs. McIntyre

2022-07           McMorris vs. McIntyre

F.         Adjourn 

 

Posted:  March 30, 2022 by Kathy Michael, County Clerk

Mar 28

McLean County Candidate Petitions Update

Posted on March 28, 2022 at 7:50 PM by Robert Watson

On Monday, March 28, the McLean County Officers Electoral Board met in the Law and Justice Center to hear remarks regarding five challenges to County Board candidate petitions.

The board decided to delay decisions until at least Friday. One of the candidates being challenged could not be present on Monday so all decisions have been delayed until that candidate's case can be heard.

Read WGLT's story for more information: McLean County panel hears ballot challenges involving County Board candidates


Mar 25

Public Notice of Meeting and Hearing

Posted on March 25, 2022 at 7:55 AM by Robert Watson

PUBLIC NOTICE 

 

COUNTY of MCLEAN 

COUNTY OFFICERS ELECTORAL BOARD

MEETING

 

            PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to the Illinois Open Meeting Act, you are hereby notified that the McLean County Officers Electoral Board shall convene on Monday, March 28, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 503 of the McLean County Law and Justice Center, 104 W. Front Street, Bloomington, Illinois where, pursuant to the Illinois Election Code, 10 ILCS 5/10-10, the Board shall hear and pass upon objections to nomination papers filed by certain candidates seeking County office. 

AGENDA

A.        Call to Order

B.        Roll Call

C.        Consider and adopt Rules of Procedure for Electoral Board Hearings 

D.        Objections to be heard and passed upon in the following order:

2022-01           Blair vs. Fellows

2022-02           Watchinski vs. Schultz

2022-03           Darrow vs. Metsker

2022-04           McMorris vs. Blumenshine

2022-05           Breeden vs. Blumenshine

2022-06           Breeden vs. McIntyre

2022-07           McMorris vs. McIntyre

 

E.         Public Comment

 

F.         Adjourn 

 

Posted:  March 24, 2022

 

 

Kathy Michael

County Clerk

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