For Voters

Important Dates

March 15, 2016 - Primary Election
February 16, 2016 Last day to register to vote*
February 4, 2016 Vote-By-Mail starts**
March 14, 2016 Vote-By-Mail ends
February 17, 2016 Grace Voting starts
March 15, 2016 Grace Voting ends***
February 4, 2016 Early Voting starts****
March 14, 2016 Early Voting ends
 
* Last day to register to vote or update your voter registration if you wish to vote at your polling place on Election Day.  Voter registration closes 27 days preceding an election.
 
** Vote-By-Mail Ballot may be requested as of December 16, 2015 by printing the Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot under "Documents" on this page.  The document will be posted December 16, 2015 - March 10, 2016. Print, complete and sign the Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot form. Mail form to: Galesburg Board of Elections, PO Box 1387, Galesburg, IL 61402-1387.  The Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot is also available by calling the city election office at 309/345-3660 or by coming into the city election office.
(Please note that mailing and delivery of ballots does not begin until Thursday, February 4, 2016 in the State of Illinois.) 
 
*** Grace Voting on Election Day is only available at the City Election Office.
 
****Early Voting is only available at the City Election Office.  Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter's registration, address or signature.
 
City Election Office is located in City Hall, 55 W Tompkins St, Galesburg, IL 61401
 

Early Voting Office Hours

February 4, 2016 - February 29, 2016
  • Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
March 1, 2016 - March 14, 2016
  • Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Saturdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunday (March 13, 2016) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
 

Offices On The Ballot - 2016 Primary Election 

NOTICE OF PRIMARY ELECTION
Notice is hereby given that a PRIMARY ELECTION will be held at various polling places from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the City of Galesburg, County of Knox on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The following offices will be on the Democratic and Republican ballots. 
 
PRESIDENT
UNITED STATES SENATOR
COMPTROLLER (UNEXPIRED TWO YEAR TERM)
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS – 17th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL NOMINATING CONVENTION -
17th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
ALTERNATE DELEGATE TO THE NATIONAL NOMINATING CONVENTION -
17th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (REPUBLICAN BALLOT ONLY)
STATE SENATOR – 37th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
STATE SENATOR – 47th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - 74th REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY - 93rd REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
STATE’S ATTORNEY
CIRCUIT CLERK
COUNTY RECORDER
CORONER
COUNTY BOARD – DISTRICT 1
COUNTY BOARD – DISTRICT 2 (FULL FOUR YEAR TERM)
COUNTY BOARD – DISTRICT 2 (UNEXPIRED TWO YEAR TERM)
COUNTY BOARD – DISTRICT 3
PRECINCT COMMITTEMAN
JUDGE OF THE CIRCUIT COURT – NINTH JUDICAL CIRCUIT
Dated at Galesburg, Illinois, this 2nd day of February
LISA M. WATSON, DIRECTOR
GALESBURG BOARD OF ELECTIONS
 

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.

DO NOT WRITE A CANDIDATE'S NAME IF HE/SHE IS ALREADY LISTED ON THE BALLOT, it will not count.

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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