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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