MEDIA ADVISORY: Countywide Officials’ Oaths of Office

MEDIA ADVISORY

CONTACT:    Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten
217-384-3720
mail@champaigncountyclerk.com

Countywide Officials’ Oaths of Office

 URBANA – Champaign County Presiding Judge Thomas J. Difanis will administer Oaths of Office to Champaign County Auditor John Farney, Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman, Coroner Duane Northrup, Recorder of Deeds Mark Shelden and State’s Attorney Julia Rietz as they begin new terms in office.

WHEN:           Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 8:00 AM

WHERE:        Courtroom J (Second Floor), Champaign County Courthouse
101 East Main Street., Urbana, IL  61801

WHO:             Champaign County Presiding Judge Thomas J. Difanis
Champaign County Auditor John Farney
Champaign County Circuit Clerk Katie Blakeman
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup
Champaign County Recorder of Deeds Mark Shelden
Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz

For more information, please contact Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3720 or mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Expansion of Early Voting to Nine Additional Locations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2016
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Expansion of Early Voting to Nine Additional Locations

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today the expansion of early voting in Champaign County with eight additional voting locations opening on Monday, October 24, 2016, a ninth location on October 31, 2016, and expanded hours at the County Clerk’s office.

“Voting is, at a fundamental level, individuals exercising choices,” said Hulten.  “Early Voting allows voters to choose the most convenient time and place to cast their vote. For those voters who are ready to vote prior to Election Day, we encourage them to vote early, to avoid potential lines and reduce congestion for others on Election Day.”

For the November 8, 2016 General Election, Early Voting will be conducted at the following locations and schedules:

  • Office of the Champaign County Clerk (1776 East Washington Street, Urbana)
    • Thursday, September 29 through Friday, October 28: weekdays 8:00am – 4:30pm
    • Saturday, October 29: 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Sunday, October 30: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
    • Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4: 8:00am – 7:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6: 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Monday, November 7: 8:00am – 7:00pm
  • UI Campus: Illini Union, Federal Room (basement) (1401 West Green Street, Urbana)
    • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • North Champaign: The Church of the Living God (312 East Bradley, Champaign)
    • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • West Champaign: Leonhard Recreation Center (2307 Sangamon Drive, Champaign)
    • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Southwest Champaign: Meadowbrook Community Church (1902 South Duncan Road, Champaign)
    • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Mahomet: Lake of the Woods Pavilion (Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet)
    • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Rantoul: The Gathering Place (First United Methodist Church) (200 South Century Blvd, Rantoul)
    • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • St. Joseph: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (802 East Douglas, St. Joseph)
    • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Tolono Public Library (111 East Main Street, Tolono)
    • Monday, October 24 through Friday, November 4: weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • UI Campus: Activities and Recreation Center Multi-Purpose Room 7 (ARC MP7) (201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign)
    • Monday, October 31 through Friday, November 4: 10:00am – 6:00pm
    • Saturday, November 5: 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • Sunday, November 6: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Every Early Voting location in Champaign County will be available to all validly registered voters in Champaign County, and grace period voter registration and voting will be available to all eligible residents at all locations during the dates and times scheduled for voting.

“We want to make voting convenient, accessible and secure for Champaign County’s citizens,” said Hulten.  “We want voters to choose the location, time and method of voting that is most convenient for them, and encourage them to participate in all our elections.”

Voters with questions or those seeking more information should visit www.champaigncountyclerk.com/ev/, contact Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3724 or email mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.

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2016 Mock Election Results

Thank you to the schools who participated and the students who voted. Thank you especially to the teachers, staff and volunteers who made this happen.

Here are the results:

PRESS RELEASE: Eleven County High Schools Participate in Mock Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 17, 2016
Contacts:      Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)
Michael Pollack (217.649.3503)
Greg Stock (stockgr@u4sd.org)
Barb Wysocki (bwysocki16@gmail.com)

Eleven County High Schools Participate In Mock Election

URBANA, IL – Eleven Champaign County High Schools will be conducting mock elections this week, using ballots, tabulators and procedures similar to those used for the General Election to be conducted on November 8.

“High school students participating in this mock election will see how easy voting really is,” said Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten. “We hope that the experience will encourage many to become lifelong voters.”

Centennial Social Studies teacher Greg Stock also said, “We are excited to have this opportunity for students to better understand the voting process plus it also gives us a great opportunity to talk about other offices up for election besides just the Presidency.  Many of our students are also serving in the Student Election Judge Program on Election Day so it’s a great chance for them to be on the voter side of the election this time.”

“This is the third presidential cycle in which we have run mock elections at our local high schools,” said Michael Pollock, a retired Urbana High School educator who arranges the mock election as a volunteer. “This is the best and most fun hands-on educational tool I have seen to help prepare our young citizens about the process and value of civic participation.  This exercise teaches not only how to vote, but how important it is to prepare to vote by understanding the candidates and issues that are important to our communities.”

“I am always so impressed with the seriousness with which students take this voting exercise,” said Barb Wysocki, President of the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, which provides volunteers to assist with the mock election voting process.  “Even though they know it’s not the “real thing”, they accept their I Voted sticker with a great deal of pride and sense of accomplishment.  I hope they remember that moment for a long time.”

The Champaign County Clerk’s office prepared ballots containing the appropriate Federal and State offices for the districts that roughly matched the territory of the school districts, and worked with schools on appropriate referenda.  The Clerk’s office provided ballots, tabulators, ballot boxes, voting booths, privacy covers, pens, “I Voted” stickers and other supplies in an effort to make the voting experience for students as similar as possible to real voting.

Results will be released at week’s end, with each school serving as a “precinct” and countywide results being available at www.champaigncountyclerk.com/blog/.

The schedule of schools participating is:

  • Monday, October 17, 2016: Rantoul Township High School and St. Thomas More High School
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016: Champaign Centennial High School, Champaign Central High School, and Mahomet-Seymour High School
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016: Heritage High School and St. Joseph-Ogden High School
  • Thursday, October 20, 2016: Fisher High School, Judah Christian High School, and Urbana High School
  • Friday, October 21, 2016: University Laboratory High School

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PRESS RELEASE: County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Sample Ballots Available for General Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23, 2016

Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Sample Ballots Available for General Election

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today that sample ballots are now available for the November 8, 2016 General Election.

“Sample ballots are a useful tool for voters to begin educating themselves about districts, candidates and referenda on which they will be voting,” said Hulten.  “Voters who are interested can get an early feel for the decisions that they will make when voting.”

Sample ballots are available online at www.champaigncountyclerk.com. Voters should use the link titled, “Check Your Voter Information” to access their individual sample ballot as well as information about their voting districts, polling place, and early voting information including options for early voting locations.  Sample ballots are also available at the office of Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten.

Voters with questions may contact Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3724, or by email at mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Beginning of Vote By Mail Ballot Requests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2016
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Beginning of Vote By Mail Ballot Requests

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced that the period to request a ballot to vote by mail for the November 8, 2016 General Election begins today, Wednesday, August 10.

“Voting by mail is now available in Illinois with no excuse necessary,” said Hulten.  “Voters can begin requesting vote by mail ballots today, online through our website, by phone, mail or in person, for any reason, and take advantage of the convenience of voting by mail.”

Registered voters can request to vote by mail by visiting www.champaigncountyclerk.com/vbm/ and filling out the secure online request form, by emailing mail@champaigncountyclerk.com, or by calling the County Clerk’s office at 217-384-3724. Ballot requests will be fulfilled beginning September 29, 2016, as required by statute.

Voters with questions may contact Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3724, or by email at mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Expansion of Early Voting to Eight Additional Locations

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2016
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Expansion of Early Voting to Eight Additional Locations

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today the expansion of early voting in Champaign County with eight additional voting locations opening on Monday, March 7, 2016, and expanded hours at the County Clerk’s office.

“Voting is, at a fundamental level, individuals exercising choices,” said Hulten.  “Early Voting allows voters to choose the most convenient time and place to cast their vote.  We are excited to offer Champaign County voters multiple convenient choices in where and when they can cast their votes.”

For the March 15, 2016 General Primary Election, Early Voting will be conducted at the following locations and schedules:

Office of the Champaign County Clerk, 1776 East Washington Street, Urbana

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016: 9 AM to 12 PM
  • Sunday, March 6, 2016: 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 8 AM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Sunday, March 13, 2016: 9 AM to 4 PM
  • Monday, March 14, 2016: 8 AM to 7 PM

 

 Illini Union Federal Room (Basement), 1401 West Green Street, Urbana

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10 AM to 1 PM

 The Church Of The Living God, 312 East Bradley, Champaign

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10 AM to 1 PM

 Leonhard Recreation Center, 2307 Sangamon, Champaign

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10 AM to 1 PM

 Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 South Duncan, Champaign

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10 AM to 1 PM

 Lake of the Woods Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10 AM to 1 PM

 The Gathering Place (First United Methodist Church), 200 South Century, Rantoul

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10 AM to 1 PM

 Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 802 East Douglas, St. Joseph

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10 AM to 1 PM

 Tolono Public Library, 111 East Main, Tolono

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 through Friday, March 11, 2016: 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016: 10 AM to 1 PM

Every Early Voting location in Champaign County will be available to all validly registered voters in Champaign County, and grace period voter registration and voting will be available to all eligible residents.

“We want to make voting convenient, accessible and secure for Champaign County’s citizens,” said Hulten.  “We want voters to choose the location, time and method of voting that is most convenient for them, and encourage them to participate in all our elections.”

Voters with questions or those seeking more information should visit www.champaigncountyclerk.com/ev/, contact Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3724 or email mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Opening of Early and By-Mail Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2016
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Opening of Early and By-Mail Voting

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today that the period for Early and By-Mail voting for the March 15, 2016 General Primary Election opened today, Friday, February 5.

“Early and By-Mail voting is now available in Illinois with no excuse necessary,” said Hulten.  “Voters can begin voting today, by mail or in person, for any reason, and take advantage of the convenience.”

Registered voters can request to vote by mail by visiting www.champaigncountyclerk.com/vbm/ and filling out the secure online request form for a vote-by-mail ballot, or by calling the County Clerk’s office at 217-384-3724, or by emailing mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.  Registered voters may also vote early in person, at the office of Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, 1776 E. Washington Street in Urbana, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM weekdays.  Beginning on March 7, the Monday of the week prior to the March 15 General Primary Election, eight additional early voting locations will be available.

Voters with questions may contact Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3724, or by email at mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.

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PRESS RELEASE: State Board of Elections’ Pending Objection Hearings Delay By Mail and Early Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2016
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

State Board of Elections’ Pending Objection Hearings Delay By Mail and Early Voting

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today that ongoing objections to several Presidential Candidates are not anticipated to be resolved by the State Board of Elections in time for ballots to be prepared and voting tabulators to be programmed for the opening of By Mail and Early Voting on February 4, 2016. The ballots and machines will be available no later than February 17, 2016 – the beginning of Grace Period Registration and Voting – by which time most challenges seeking to remove candidates from the ballot should have been decided and final ballot certifications issued by the State Board of Elections.

“It is possible that ballots may be available prior to February 17, and if so, we will notify the media and voters through a release, on our website and social media,” said Hulten. “It’s unfortunate that the compressed filing calendar for Presidential candidates and the circumstances of these objections will likely delay our receiving final certifications from the State Board of Elections and affect the opening of voting statewide. Once final certifications are received, we will move as quickly as possible to finalize ballots, program machines and open for voting.”

Voters attempting to vote early during the period when ballots are unavailable will be offered an application to vote by mail, or the opportunity to vote early when ballots are available. Voters seeking more information about voting by mail should visit www.champaigncountyclerk.com/vbm. For early voting schedules and locations please visit www.champaigncountyclerk.com/ev/, or contact our office via email at mail@champaigncountyclerk.com, or by phone at 217-384-3724.

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Press Release: Vote By Mail Requests Open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2015
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces
Beginning of Vote By Mail Ballot Requests

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced that the period to request a ballot to vote by mail for the March 15, 2016 General Primary Election begins today, Wednesday, December 16.

“Voting by mail is now available in Illinois with no excuse necessary,” said Hulten.  “Voters can begin requesting vote by mail ballots today, online through our website, by phone, mail or in person, for any reason, and take advantage of the convenience of voting by mail.”

Registered voters can request to vote by mail by visiting www.champaigncountyclerk.com/vbm/ and filling out the secure online request form, by calling the County Clerk’s office at 217-384-3724 or by emailing mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.  Ballot requests will be fulfilled beginning February 4, 2016, as required by statute.

Voters with questions may contact Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3724, or by email at mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.

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