Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham is reminding residents who wish to vote by mail that they must complete an application for each and every election in which they intend to vote by mail.
The Clerk’s Office mailed vote by mail applications to more than 200,000 registered voters for the November 2020 Election per a state mandate, but the law did not provide additional funding for the 2021 elections.
“I want to make sure that Kane County voters are aware that a vote by mail application will not be mailed automatically to voters for the February or April elections,” Cunningham said in a Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, news release. “If you wish to vote by mail in either the Feb. 23 primary and/or the April 6 Consolidated Election, you will need to apply for a vote by mail ballot for each election in which you want to vote. According to state law, if you do not complete an application for a vote by mail ballot, you will not be able to receive a vote by mail ballot.”
Only certain township contests in Aurora Township, Dundee Township, and Elgin Township and for certain municipal contests in the Village of Campton Hills will be on the Feb. 23 Consolidated Primary Election ballot.
The upcoming primary and April Consolidated elections contain many of the local contests for essential services, including but not limited to mayoral, village president, city council, village board, school board, park board, library board, fire district, township government and many more.
The online vote by mail ballot application is available at kanecountyclerk.org/Elections/Pages/Vote-by-Mail.aspx. Online applicants must have a valid e-mail address. Voters can also request a vote by mail application by phone at 630-232-5990, in person at the Clerk’s Office, or through the Clerk’s Office website.
Voters can track the status of their vote by mail ballot by signing up for Kane County’s Ballot Trax program at votekane.ballottrax.net/voter.
For the Feb. 23 election, vote by mail ballot requests must be received in the Clerk’s Office no later than Feb. 18. Completed ballots must be postmarked on or before Feb. 23. Sample ballots for the Feb. 23 election are available at kanecountyclerk.org/Elections/Pages/Voter-Search.aspx.
As always, all voting options, including in-person early voting and in-person Election Day voting, will be available.
Early voting for the Feb. 23 election continues from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Feb. 5 only at two Kane County Clerk’s Office locations: 719 S. Batavia Ave., Building B, Geneva and 5 E. Downer Place, Suite F, Aurora.
Additional early voting locations open Feb. 8. Early voting dates, times and locations for the Feb. 23 election are available at kanecountyclerk.org/Elections/Pages/Early-Voting.aspx
About The Kane County Clerk’s Office Election Authority
As the election authority for Kane County, the Clerk’s Office provides many resources for those who wish to be informed about the elections process. Through the Voter Outreach Program, the VoteMobile, participation in community events and forums, Clerk’s Accessibility Program, Clerk’s website kanecountyclerk.org, and social media (twitter.com/KaneCoILClerk, and facebook.com/kanecountyclerk), the Clerk’s Office provides information and resources directly to Kane County residents.
SOURCE: Kane County Clerk’s Office website