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La Salle County clerk JoAnn Carretto talks about different ways people can vote in the upcoming April 9 consolidated election. Carretto said while this election is not as popular as the presidential election, there are hundreds of candidates in La Salle County alone.
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Feb. 28: Absentee voting begins March 12: Voter registration closes April 4: Last day to vote by mail April 8: Last day to vote absentee April 9: Consolidated Election
OTTAWA — It may seem like just yesterday voters throughout the Illinois Valley were commenting about how happy they were the bitter presidential election cycle was finished. But here we go again — only not presidential this time. Thursday was the last day write-in candidates could file for office. That means, for county clerks and their staff members, the final ballots can be set for the April 9 consolidated election season. “The presidential election traditionally brings out better turn-out but the consolidated election is much bigger and more complicated,” said La Salle County Clerk JoAnn Carretto. Voters throughout the NewsTribune’s coverage area will make decisions on referenda such as a new school for Hall High School, a second attempt at passing a sales tax hike for schools in La Salle County, six contested mayoral and village president positions, and hundreds of candidates are running for various village, city and school board seats. The process of voting has become easier over the years. Voters now have options such as early voting which gives people the option of voting by mail and not heading to the polls on Election Day. “You cannot vote on the Internet because there is no way to validate the authenticity of an online ballot,” Carretto said. Registering to vote: In order to vote April 9 you must be registered. To get registered, you must be at least 18 years of age at the time of election, have resided in your district for at least 30 days, and be a U.S. citizen. You can register to vote at any government clerk’s office, schools and public libraries. Early Voting: Registered voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason for wanting to vote early. To do so, contact your local county clerk’s office. Absentee Voting: You may also choose to vote absentee, but you will need to fill out an application that is available at your local county clerk’s office. The application and ballot can be mailed to you, but you must submit it either by mail or in person to the county clerk’s office by April 8. -For more information on how to register to vote, early voting and absentee voting visit www.newstrib.com/election. The page is free and will debut Feb. 11.
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