Got Voter Angst? Here's the Info You Need on Primary Election Day

Got Voter Angst? Here’s the Info You Need on Primary Election Day

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OK, you wake up on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, and realize it’s General Primary Day. Holy crud! Except for the presidential candidates, you have no idea who or what is on the ballot! Where’s your polling place? What are the voting hours? Is there a place to go if you need help?

Don’t worry. You can find all the information you need very easily — and a lot of it is online.

This quick ‘n’ easy primer should help ease some of that election-day angst. Be sure to scroll down to the end, but among the items you’ll find are where to find sample ballots and voter guides online, voting hours and polling places, visual “how to’s” for reading your voter card and using the eSlate voting machines, how to get assistance if you need it, how to report electioneering if you see it and, finally, where you can find local election results at the end of the day.

For more information,

Preparing to Vote

Where to Find Sample Ballots Online

Where to Find the Kane County Voters Guide for March 15 General Primary

When and Where to Vote on March 15

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Voting Hours

  • Polling place hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 15, 2016.

Where to Vote (Polling Places)

Kane County Voter Registration Card Explanation

SOURCE: Kane County Clerk’s Office Voter Information Guide, March 15, 2016 General Primary

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How to Vote Using eSlate

SOURCE: Kane County Clerk’s Office website, Voter’s Guide

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The process for voting hasn’t changed, just the device you are using to vote. When you go to the polls, you will still sign an application as always. Once you have signed your application, instead of receiving your punch card, you will receive a piece of paper with a four digit number on it. You then take the piece of paper with you to any one of the voting booths. You will then enter the four digit number into the eSlate™, the appropriate ballot will appear, and you will then vote the ballot. (How to vote is show in the demonstrations below.)

Click here to view an interactive demonstration of eSlate™.

Click on one of the links below to watch a video demonstrating the new system:

eSlate™ How to Vote Video

Voting Assistance

Bilingual Assistance


The Clerk’s Office is required to provide language assistance in Spanish under amendments to the Federal Voting Act of 1992.

All posters, ballots and voting instructions are bilingual (English/Spanish).

Bilingual Election Judges

The Clerk’s Office makes an effort to assign bilingual election judges in as many precincts as we can to accommodate Spanish-speaking voters who are not proficient in English and may need special assistance at the polls.

Language Hotlines

If a voter is confused or needs language assistance, the voter or an election judge can also call our Spanish hotline. A bilingual staffer at the Clerk’s Office will provide assistance over the phone. Voters may also call these hotlines prior to Election Day.

Assistance for Persons With Disabilities

eSlate Voting Language Options

Each machine is equipped with ballots in English and Spanish, allowing the voter to select a language on the eSlate before voting.

In addition, any voter may request an audio ballot, which allows the voter to listen to the ballot using a headset that is connected to an eSlate machine. Audio ballots are available in English and Spanish, and may be particularly helpful to voters with limited reading skills.

Pre-Election Day Services

Voting by mail for voters with disabilities – For voters who are permanently physically disabled and unable to make it to the polling place.

Nursing home voting – For nursing home residents.

Hospitalized voters – For voters who enter the hospital five days or less before an election.

Disabled Access Units

The Help America Vote Act requires that election authorities throughout the country have voting equipment in place for voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently.

Every polling place in Kane County has at least one disabled access unit. The disable access unit is an ADA compliant booth that accommodates voters in wheelchairs. Disabled access units provide audio in English and Spanish to accommodate voters who are blind, severely visually impaired, or have trouble reading. The units also have jelly switches to accommodate voters with mobility issues.

Assisting a Voter

If you have difficulty making selections on the eSlate voting equipment, you may request assistance from a friend, relative or two election judges (one from each party) in your precinct.

Under state law, both the voter and the individual(s) providing assistance must sign a legal affidavit at the polling place.

Handicapped Accessibility

All Kane County precincts are accessible to disabled voters, outfitted with ramps, level entrances and/or elevators.

How to Report Illegal Election Activity on Election Day

Anyone who experiences or witnesses any possible illegal election activity, such as electioneering, illegally placed campaign signs or denial of voting rights at any of Kane County’s 228 voting precincts should call the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office hotline at (630) 208-5328.

Where to Find Local Election Results

It’s important to know, if you are keeping track of countywide election totals, that you have to add up the votes of the Aurora Election Commission with those of the Kane County Clerk’s Office.

Kane County Election Results

Aurora Election Commission Results

SOURCE: Kane County Clerk’s Office website