For Voters

Important Dates

March 15, 2016 - Primary Election
A Vote By Mail Ballot may be requested as of December 16, 2015 by calling 309/345-3660 or by coming into the city election office located in City Hall at 55 W. Tompkins Street. (Please note that mailing and delivery of ballots does not begin until Thursday, February 4, 2016 in the State of Illinois.)
Early Voting is available February 4, 2016 - March 14, 2016 in the city election office.  The office hours will be added soon.

How to Vote

Step 1-Demonstration

Before voting, you should be asked if you wish to have a demonstration.
Vote only for the number of candidates indicated under the title of the office.
Always feel free to ask how to mark the sample ballot.

Step 2-Application

You will be asked your name and your application for ballot will be provided.
Follow the judge's instruction to complete and sign your application.

Step 3-Verification

The paperwork is given to the next set of judges who will verify your address and signature and mark that you voted.

Step 4-Receive Ballot


You will be given your ballot. A security sleeve is available in which to place your ballot once you have completed voting.

Step 5-Vote the ballot


Enter the next available booth.

Vote by darkening the oval to the left of the candidate of your choice. Use only the special black pen, in the booth,  to darken the oval.

If you choose to vote for a person not printed on the ballot, you may write the person's name on the blank line above the word "write-in" under the proper office and darken the oval next to that line.


The write-in line appears only if a candidate has filed a Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in with our office.

Check the office to see that you have voted for the correct number of candidates. If you vote for more candidates than the number indicated below the office, it is considered to be an overvote and none of the candidates for the overvoted office receive a vote.

The ballot with an overvoted office will not be accepted by the tabulator. A message will appear on the screen indicating there is an overvoted office on the ballot.

The election judge will encourage your to take the ballot back, return it to the table where you received it and get another ballot.

You may vote for less than the number allowed.

Check both sides of the ballot for candidates and referenda.

If you have torn or marked your ballot incorrectly, return your ballot to the election judge at the ballot distribution table and receive a new ballot.

When you have finished voting, place your ballot inside the security envelope, so the judge's initials show, and take it to the optical scan tabulator.

Step 6-Cast your ballot


The ballot box judge should ask to see the judge's initials on the ballot.

Cast your ballot by holding the security sleeve loosely.

Put your finger in the slot and slide the ballot into the tabulator.

Do not hold tightly, allow the tabulator to grab the ballot from you.

If the ballot is not taken by the tabulator, the ballot box judge will read the displayed message and explain the reason.

If you wish to correct the ballot, the judge will direct you to return your ballot to an election judge at the ballot distribution table and obtain a new ballot.

Once the ballot is cast into the tabulator, it has been counted.

Return your security sleeve to the ballot box judge.

The judge will hand you an "I voted sticker".

Congratulations! You have exercised your right to vote!


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