Voters face primary deadlines
By Matt Hanley firstname.lastname@example.org February 17, 2012 12:18PM
Updated: March 20, 2012 8:06AM
If you still haven’t registered to vote in the March 20 primary, you’re running out of time.
Tuesday is the final day to sign up at any election registration location, including libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles and community centers.
Starting Wednesday, voters will enter a temporary grace period. At that point, voters who want to register for the primary will only be allowed to register at their county clerk’s office or election commission office. Also, if they want to vote in the primary, they will be required to register and cast their vote at the same time. That grace period will extend until March 13, at which time no other registration will be allowed.
Anyone who wants to register to vote should bring two forms of identification. One form of ID must have the voter’s name and current address on it. (For most people that is typically a driver’s license or state ID.) The second piece of ID needs to have the voter’s name on it. That might be a Social Security card, credit card, utility bill, passport, rental agreement, a piece of first-class mail or other form of ID. If you have questions, contact your local election authority.
Aurora Election Commission Executive Director Linda Fechner said some other general locations (like libraries or the DMV) will continue to register people past Tuesday, but those people will not be eligible to vote in the March 20 primary. To vote in the primary, registration after Tuesday must be done in person at the election offices.
Fechner hasn’t been swamped with people registering to vote so far, but expects there might be a surge Monday and Tuesday. The Aurora office, like most election offices, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. In 2008, Fechner said officials stayed open late, then went to the library after their office closed to help more people register.
More information about how and where to register is available at county clerk websites or by calling the election office:
Aurora Election Commission — www.auroravotes.org or 630-897-4030.
Kane County — www.kanecountyelections.org or 630-232-5990.
Kendall County — www.co.kendall.il.us/county_clerk/election.htm or 630-553-4104.
DuPage Election Commission — dupageelections.com or 630-407-5600.
Will County — thewillcountyclerk.com or 815-740-4794.
DeKalb County — www.dekalbclerk.com or 815-895-7149.
LaSalle County — lasallecounty.org\ctyclerk or 815-434-8202.
The Aurora Election Commission has moved to a new building at 323 W. Galena Blvd.
Early voting starts in all counties Feb. 27.