Getting a jump on your November ballot

Published: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 2:45 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 3:07 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Illinois voters can get a head start on their November election ballots.

Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus said people can request an application for an absentee ballot beginning Thursday by mailing the request to her office or by coming into her office, located in the Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton.

Once the application is completed, the voter returns the application back to Hieronymus’ office, and the Nov. 6 ballot is returned to the voter. However, absentee ballots can not be cast until Oct. 15.

Also, early voting begins Oct. 22 at her office and at Spring Valley City Hall, Hieronymus said. No reasons are required for requesting an absentee ballot or early voting.

Through absentee ballots and early voting, she expects to handle 700 to 800 ballots before the actual election day.

As an added reminded, Hieronymus said Bureau County persons who are not registered to vote have until Oct. 9 to register in time to vote in the Nov. 6 presidential election. Also, people who are already registered voters have until Oct. 9 to make any necessary changes on their registration cards, such as address or name changes.

People who need to register to vote or make changes on their current voter cards may get that accomplished through local deputy registrars, such as precinct committeemen, some city/village clerks, some local libraries and also in her Bureau County Clerk’s office at the Bureau County Courthouse in Princeton. Also, if someone has to change his/her address at the driver’s license facility, they can get registered to vote there, she said.

In addition, there is a grace period which runs from Oct. 10 to Nov. 3 for people to register to vote or make changes. However, during the grace period, the action would have to be done only in her office, and then that voter would have to vote a grace period ballot in the county clerk’s office.

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