Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Thomas Bride announced today that ongoing objections of a candidate for Attorney General will delay the start of Early Voting and mailing of Vote by Mail Ballots, which was scheduled to begin Thursday, February 8, 2018. Vote by Mail ballots and Early Voting will be available as soon as the dispute is resolved by the courts. Scott Drury, candidate for Attorney General in the General Primary, was removed from the ballot last Friday but appealed and an emergency stay pending appeal was ordered by the 1st District Appellate Court, placing him back on the ballot. Briefs for the appeal are due by the 9th.
Bride also announced that the Public Test which was initially set for Monday, February 12th at 1:00pm will be rescheduled. The new date is yet to be determined.
Bride stated the ballot must be finalized and tested before the start voting or we face the possibility of remaking every ballot voted once the court case is finished. Right now, we have around 200 vote by mail ballot applications and will mail them as soon as the ballot is finalized. I don’t think a delay of a few days will be that much of an issue as will still be mailing the ballots over thirty days before the election and early voting the first week or two is traditionally very slow. Voters that show up to vote looking to vote will be offered a Vote by Mail ballot.
Voters seeking to request a Vote by Mail ballot may visit www.peoriaelections.org. For Early Voting schedules and locations please visit www.peoriaelections.org, or contact our office via email at email@example.com or by phone at (309)494-8683.