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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PRESS RELEASE: County Clerk Announces Availability of 2016 Candidate Filing Forms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

County Clerk Announces Availability of 2016 Candidate Filing Forms

August 27, 2015

Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today the availability, both online and in his office, of petitions, various other candidate forms, 2016 election deadlines and information for those interested in becoming candidates for the Republican and Democratic Parties for Countywide, County Board and Precinct offices.

“These Champaign County-specific forms will hopefully be an aid to those interested in running for County and Precinct positions,” said Hulten. “I am encouraging everyone who is considering a run for office to use these forms and other resources to ensure their paperwork is properly prepared for filing.”

The petition circulation period begins Tuesday, September 1, 2015 for Republican and Democratic candidates seeking nomination at the March 15, 2016 General Primary Election. The nominating Petition, Statement of Candidacy and Loyalty Oath form, as well as various guides and instructions for filing, will be available both online at www.champaigncountyclerk.com and at the office of Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana.

The County offices for which nominations will be made at the General Primary Election are Auditor, Circuit Clerk, Coroner, Recorder of Deeds and State’s Attorney, one full term County Board member for each of the eleven districts and one additional unexpired term County Board member for District 8. Also, both the Republican and Democratic Parties will elect Precinct Committeeman at the General Primary Election.

The minimum number of signatures required for Republican candidates for countywide office is 210. For Democratic countywide candidates, the minimum number of signatures required is 153. For County Board candidates the signature requirements vary based on District and party affiliation, and range from six to 30. For all Precinct Committeeman candidates from either established Party, the minimum number of signatures is 10.

The filing period for petitions and other forms is Monday, November 23 through Monday, November 30, 2015, not including County holidays. Candidates for Countywide, County Board and Precinct Committeeman positions will file their documents at the office of Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana, IL.

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PRESS RELEASE: Seminar on Open Government for Local Officials and Public Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2015
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

Seminar on Open Government for Local Officials and Public Announced

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today a public seminar for local officials on the Illinois Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act, co-hosted by State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, and featuring the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor Sarah Pratt on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Champaign Public Library.

“Understanding and complying with the State of Illinois’ Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act is an important part of our duties as public officials,” said Hulten. “State’s Attorney Rietz and I try to be a resource to our officials and the public, but we’re very excited to have the Public Access Counselor available as a resource as well.”

The seminar will begin at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in the Robeson Pavilion Rooms A & B at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green Street, Champaign. There will be a presentation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor, followed by time for questions and answers from local officials and the public. All local officials are invited to attend, and the seminar is open to the public and media. There are a limited number of seats for this program, and RSVPs are requested to Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at mail@champaigncountyclerk.com or 217-384-3724.

Individuals with questions or those seeking more information should contact Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten at 217-384-3720 or email mail@champaigncountyclerk.com.

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PRESS RELASE: County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Beginning of Absentee Ballot Requests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2014
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Beginning of Absentee Ballot Requests

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced that the period to request an absentee ballot for the November 4, 2014 General Election begins today, Wednesday, August 6.
“Absentee voting is now available in Illinois with no excuse necessary,” said Hulten. “Voters can begin requesting absentee 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/abr/ 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 September 25, 2014, 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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Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 26, 2014

Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

Same-Sex Marriage In Champaign County

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten today issued the following statement on same-sex marriage in Champaign County:

“On Friday, federal judge Sharon Johnson Coleman held that the Illinois statute banning marriage for same-sex couples is unconstitutional and violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The Illinois Attorney General and the Cook County Clerk were parties to the suit. The precise effect of the ruling on other Illinois counties is unclear. However, after consulting with State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, I have come to the conclusion that the rationale of the case applies to all citizens of Illinois and that Champaign County residents should have no fewer Constitutional rights than those in Cook County. Furthermore, given the ruling, denying a license to a same sex couple would provide no benefit to the County and would likely result in litigation at taxpayer expense.

“Therefore, effective immediately, the Champaign County Clerk’s office will issue marriage licenses to same sex applicants, in accordance with the 14th Amendment, and the Illinois and United States Constitutions.”

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