PRESS RELEASE: County Clerk Announces Filing Period for 2018 General Primary Election Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2017
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Announces Filing Period for 2018 General Primary Election Candidates

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today that the filing period for candidate documents for those seeking nomination or election to offices on the ballot at the March 20, 2018 General Primary Election will begin on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 8 AM at the County Clerk’s office, and extend until 5 PM on Monday, December 4, 2017.

“The filing of nominating petitions and other documents is the first official step that candidates must take to be elected next year,” said Hulten. “Running for office is a serious endeavor and for this election, that process officially begins on Monday.”

Candidates seeking either the Democratic or Republican nomination for offices of County Executive, Clerk, Sheriff, Treasurer, Auditor, or County Board Member may file during the period, as may candidates for election as Democratic or Republican Precinct Committeemen. The nominating Petition, Statement of Candidacy and Loyalty Oath forms, as well as various guides and instructions for filing, are available online at www.champaigncountyclerk.com as well at the office of Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten, 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana.

Those candidates in line to file at the County Clerk’s office at 8 AM on Monday, November 27, 2017 will be entered into a lottery to determine ballot position, as will those filing between 4 PM and 5 PM on Monday, December 4, 2017. The ballot position lottery, if necessary, will be conducted in the County Clerk’s office on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 10 AM.

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PRESS RELEASE: County Clerk Announces Availability of 2018 Candidate Filing Forms

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2017
Contact: Gordy Hulten (217.384.3720)

County Clerk Announces Availability of 2018 Candidate Filing Forms

URBANA, IL – Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten announced today the availability, both online and in his office, of petitions, various other candidate forms, 2018 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 5, 2017 for Republican and Democratic candidates seeking nomination at the March 20, 2018 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 County Clerk, County Executive, Sheriff and Treasurer, one full term County Board member for each of the eleven districts and one additional unexpired term County Board member for District 1. 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 326. For Democratic countywide candidates, the minimum number of signatures required is 251. For County Board candidates the signature requirements vary based on District and party affiliation, and range from 16 to 42. 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 27 through Monday, December 4, 2017. 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
June 19, 2017
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 Friday, June 23, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 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 10:00 AM on Friday, June 23, 2017, 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 RELEASE: County Clerk Gordy Hulten Announces Opening of Early and By-Mail Voting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 17, 2017
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 that the period for Early and By-Mail voting for the April 4, 2017 Consolidated Election will begin on Monday, March 20, 2017.

“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. Voters concerned about long lines on Election Day should consider voting early, or 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, 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 31, four days prior to the April 4 Consolidated Election, additional early voting locations will be available, including weekend and evening hours at all locations.

More information about Early Voting locations and schedules can be found at www.champaigncountyclerk.com/ev/ or by contacting the Champaign County Clerk’s office.

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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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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