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Oct. 9 last chance to get in on election

McHenry County residents have until the end of business Oct. 9 to register to vote in a presidential election with a packed ballot.

Anyone 18 years or older and residing in an election district 30 days before the date of the Nov. 6 election may register. Two forms of identification are required and one must bear a current name and address.

Voters already registered in McHenry County do not have to re-register unless they have changed their name or address. People who have moved from one precinct to another can submit the change by mail, but new residents must register in person.

The McHenry County Clerk’s Office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. It is at the county Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Room 107, Woodstock.

For information, call 815-334-4242 or visit

Voters on Nov. 6 will elect a president and vice president and their representatives in the U.S. House, the General Assembly and McHenry County Board, plus the county state’s attorney, circuit clerk, recorder, coroner, auditor and regional superintendent of schools.

All 177 seats in the state Legislature and all 24 County Board seats are up for election because of redistricting after the 2010 U.S. Census.

County voters also will face referendums and a proposed constitutional amendment.

A binding referendum will ask voters whether the County Board should go to a county executive form of government, and an advisory referendum will ask whether state law should be changed to forbid elected officials from holding more than one office.

Voters also will be asked whether they want to amend the Illinois Constitution to require a three-fifths vote in the General Assembly to approve any bills that enhance public employee pensions.

Residents in two municipalities will be asked additional referendum questions.

Fox Lake voters will be asked whether they want to participate in electrical aggregation.

Island Lake voters will face two referendums – a binding one to make the village clerk appointed rather than elected and an advisory question of whether the village should build a new municipal complex.


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