Saturday hours offered for voters in Vermilion County

Saturday hours offered for voters in Vermilion County

DANVILLE — The Danville Election Commission and Vermilion County Clerk's office will both be open longer hours through the March 18 primary election to allow residents more time to register to vote and to do absentee or early voting.

Regular business hours at the election commission, which serves residents in the city of Danville only, are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The commission office will be open additional hours for registration and voting from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays through March 18. The commission office and county clerk's office are both on the first floor of the Vermilion County Courthouse Annex, 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville.

The county clerk's office, which serves all other county residents outside Danville, will be open Saturdays for voter registration from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Jan. 25 through Feb. 15. And the county clerk's voting center, which is on the second floor of the annex, will be open 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for absentee and early voting on Saturdays from Feb. 8 through March 15.

Danville residents who want to verify their voter registration or find their polling place should call the election commission at 554-1930, and county residents should call the voter registration hot line at 554-1915. Danville residents may look up their registration on the web site at vercounty.org/eleccomm.htm, and county residents can check on their registration at vercounty.org and click on County Clerk-Voter Registration Search.

— Voter registration: The last day to register to vote, or file address or name changes, prior to the March 18 primary election for Danville and county residents is Feb. 18. Voters who have address or name changes are required to update their voter registration. Danville residents can register in person at the election commission office, or by mail, by printing and mailing the registration application on the commission's website, vercounty.org/eleccomm.htm.

County residents also may register in person at the clerk's office, or by mail, by printing and mailing the registration application on the county's website, vercounty.org.

Residents also may register at any Illinois Secretary of State's license facility if they are renewing a driver's license or updating an address. Danville residents unable to register in person due to a disability may call the election commission at 554-1930 and county residents must call the clerk's office at 554-1915. The commission and clerk's office can arrange for in-home registration. Voters who are permanently disabled may request an application for a special identification card, which allows them to automatically receive an application for absentee ballot for every election for five years. It is renewable.

— Absentee voting: Any Illinois registered voter can cast an absentee ballot. No reason is required. Illinois law also allows absentee voting by residents who are disabled or incapacitated. Absentee voting can be done in person at the commission office or county clerk's office through March 17. Those who wish to vote absentee by mail should call either the election commission or county clerk's office to request an application to vote as soon as possible after Feb. 6. The voter must mail the completed application back to the commission or clerk's office in order to have the ballot sent by mail. The last day on which a ballot may be mailed to a voter is March 13. The application for county residents can be printed from the website at vercounty.org.

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