One window of time is opening – and another closing – for people who want to vote in the March 18 primary.
The McHenry County Clerk’s Office started accepting applications Thursday for absentee ballots. The deadline for people to register to vote is Feb. 18.
Under a new state law, 17-year-olds can vote in the primary if they will be 18 by the time of the Nov. 4 general election. As a reminder, voters are no longer required to provide a reason to acquire an absentee ballot.
The clerk’s office will accept absentee voter applications by mail until March 13.
Absentee ballots mailed to voters must be postmarked before the March 18 primary and received no later than two weeks after the vote to be counted.
People may apply for an absentee ballot by mail, by calling 815-334-4242 or by downloading the form online at www.co.mchenry.il.us from the county clerk’s website. The office’s mailing address is 2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098.
New county residents wishing to vote must register, and current residents who have changed addresses or names since the last election must reregister by Feb. 18.
New residents must register in person at the county clerk’s office at 667 Ware Road, Room 107,
Woodstock, and must have two forms of identification, with at least one bearing a name and address.
Current residents who are reregistering must notify the county clerk in writing by filling out a change-of-address form or by returning their current voter card to the office specifying the new address.
Registered voters whose addresses or names have not changed since the last election do not have to reregister.
Early voting for the primary begins March 3 and ends March 15.
County voters this year will elect all statewide constitutional offices, their representatives in the Illinois and U.S. houses of representatives, one U.S. senator and the 33rd District state senator. They also will elect two representatives to their McHenry County Board district and decide the countywide offices of county clerk, treasurer, sheriff and regional superintendent of schools.
All county voters will face a binding referendum asking whether the County Board chairman should be popularly elected. Other governments with referendums on the ballot include Algonquin, Bull Valley, Fox Lake, Johnsburg District 12, Huntley Park District and Nunda Township.
In neighboring Kane County, voters countywide will be asked to create a mental health board, and rural voters will be asked whether they want electric aggregation.