- Editor’s Note: This article is based on information provided on the Kane County Clerk’s Office election webpages. Kane County Connects encourages citizens to take part in the election process and to seek additional information sources to make informed voting decisions.
The March 17 primary is coming up fast, and the Kane County Clerk’s Office is now providing a fantastic resource — a personalized sample ballot that lets you see who and what referendums you can vote for — whether you choose a Democratic or Republican ticket.
Here’s a quick “how to” on where to look and how to navigate the website to find your sample ballot:
How To Find Your Sample Ballot(s)
Finding your sample ballot in Kane County is easy.
(1) Go to the www.kanecountyelections.org homepage.
Here’s a close-up look:
Click on the text that reads, “Click Here for a Sample Ballot!”
That will take you to a Voter Search page.
(2) On the Voter Search page, fill in your last name, house number and street name.
Remember to type in your street name only. For example, “Downing” rather than “Downing Place.”
Click “submit” and you’ll see a list of voters in your household.
(3) On the list of voters in your house, click on your name
(4) Find the words “Sample Ballot” and ballot code.
When you click on your name, you will see your “Voter Information” page, which contains information about your voting status, polling places and more.
PAY CLOSE ATTENTION AT THIS POINT! BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE YOU MIGHT HAVE TROUBLE FINDING THE LINK TO YOUR PERSONALIZED BALLOT.
Scroll down to the words “Sample Ballot.” Under that are two ballot codes.
This is what it looks like close up:
As you can see, there’s a Democratic sample ballot and a Republican sample ballot. Click on each link to browse at will.
(5) Peruse your personalized sample ballot!
The sample ballot is in PDF form, so you can download, print and peruse at your leisure.
Keep in mind that there are different races and referendums, depending on where you live and what ballot you choose.
The first page of the Democratic sample ballot for the east side of Geneva looks like this:
The first page of the Republican sample ballot for the east side of Geneva looks like this:
And that’s all there is to it!
After you’ve looked at your sample ballot, all you have to do is …
(6) Go vote!
Keep in mind, there are options for early voting, as well. Visit kanecountyelections.org for more information on early voting.