Voter registration deadline is March 12

PAXTON — Residents of Ford and Iroquois counties can register to vote for the April 9 consolidated election through Tuesday, March 12, at their respective county clerk’s office.

Ford County residents may call the county clerk’s office at 379-9400 regarding alternative sites for registration. In Iroquois County, residents may call the county clerk’s office at 815-432-6960 for a list of registrars and alternative locations to register.

Absentee voting will be available from Thursday, Feb. 28, through Monday, April 8. Absentee voting can be done either in person at the county clerk’s office or by mail. Registered voter may request an application for an absentee ballot by calling, writing or emailing their clerk’s office. Upon the clerk’s receipt of the signed application, an absentee ballot will be mailed. The ballot should be returned to the clerk’s office on or before April 8. The county clerk’s offices will be open for in-person absentee voting from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6.

Early voting begins March 25 and ends April 6 and will be conducted in the county clerk’s office.

When voting at polling places, handicapped and elderly persons may vote using “curbside voting,” which involves election judges providing assistance if a friend or relative cannot assist a voter at the polls. They can request a special application from their county clerk’s office.

The Ford County Clerk’s Office, located in the courthouse in Paxton, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Iroquois County Clerk’s Office, located at the Administrative Center, 1001 E. Grant St., Watseka, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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