Early Voting for the March 17, 2020 General Primary Election, begins on Thursday, February 6th and ends on Monday, March 16th.
Early voting refers to a procedure implemented in Illinois for the first time at the 2006 General Primary Election which allows for registered voters to vote in person, in advance of Election Day without having to provide a reason or an excuse. Registered voters can vote early during the 40th day through the day prior to the election only at specific locations determined by the Election Authority. Please note that once a voter casts an early ballot, the vote cast is final and may not be revoked and the voter is not eligible to cast a vote on Election Day.
Vote by Mail
Vote by Mail for the March 17, 2020 General Primary Election, begins on Wednesday, December 18th and ends on Thursday, March 12th. Please note the first day to apply for a vote by mail ballot is Wednesday, December 18th but Thursday, February 6th is the first day to mail ballots.
Many registered voters in Illinois, for various reasons, are unable to vote in person at the polling place on Election Day. Vote by mail is available prior to each election. This voting method allows registered voters to cast their ballots without having to go to the polling place. The ballots are then tabulated election night.
Vote by Mail Voters Who Require Assistance:
If you are physically unable to mark the ballot or unable to read or write the English language, a relative or friend may assist you in voting. Federal and State laws prohibit your employer, your employer’s agent or an officer or agent of your union from assisting physically disabled voters. State law prohibits a candidate whose name appears on the ballot (unless the physically disabled voter is the spouse, parent, child, brother or sister of the candidate) from assisting a physically disabled voter.
The person assisting MUST mark the ballot as directed by the voter. Individuals who make any attempt to influence the voter’s choice of candidates, party or votes in relation to a public question, or the mark the ballot other than as directed by the voter may be guilty of a Class 4 felony. If the person assisting cannot tell the voter’s intent, they must not mark the ballot in anyway or subsequently divulge the candidate(s) or public questions for whom the voter chose to cast a vote for or against.
If the voter receives assistance in voting his vote by mail ballot, the name and address of the person giving assistance must be placed on the ballot certification envelope.
SANGAMON COUNTY GOVERNMENT
A GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS:
Ranked #1 in Illinois for the best government for your tax dollar.
Smartasset.com-WQLZ April 2018/Reboot Illinois Feb 2016
A GOVERNMENT THAT CARES:
Ranked #7 in Illinois for best places to live.
Niche.com July 2018
Led the establishment of the first-of-its-kind Land of Lincoln Economic Development Corporation which is pulling the community together in a united, coordinated and regional effort on job creation and retention.
Sangamon County combined with the City of Springfield to create a joint county-city enterprise zone, which can provide tax breaks tied to actual job creation, in order to provide a more effective and efficient regional approach to job creation.
Established a comprehensive first ever county-wide transit system that provides every resident of Sangamon County access to public transportation, either through the Sangamon Mass Transit District (urban and suburban service) or the Sangamon Menard Area Regional Transit (rural area).
Secured funding for the planning and design of a new transportation center that will bring together transportation providers, including Amtrak and local transit agencies, in one location in order to provide easier access, more efficient and convenient services and the possibility of transit orientated economic development.
Finalized funding for one of the largest public works projects ever in Sangamon County — the construction of overpasses and underpasses at the Woodside/Iron Bridge intersection, which will improve traffic flow with a new north-south corridor, remove at-grade rail crossings and increase safety and spur further economic development through construction jobs and commercial development.
Partnered with the City of Springfield and the Illinois Department of Transportation to consolidate freight and passenger rail traffic on the 10th Street Corridor, and increase traffic safety, improve traffic flow and remove barriers to economic development in the medical district.
Construction of Phase II of the Sangamon Valley Trail, a 12-mile multi-use trail owned and maintained by Sangamon County.
Adoption of new reasonable regulations for solar farms locating in Sangamon County that balance the needs of business creation, clean energy and protecting valuable farm land and residential property.
Adoption of a new recycling plan for Sangamon County that will lead to additional recycling and solid waste opportunities for both residents and businesses located in the county, and in turn helping to reduce fly dumping.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE:
Planning for the future with the launch of a new 20-year comprehensive plan for Sangamon County that will seek public input on issues such as future land use and development and transportation needs for the coming future.
Creation of targeted patrols by the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office, that place law enforcement officers where they are needed most.
Creation of an enhanced rural fire radio system that improved dispatch and radio services for fire protection districts throughout all of Sangamon County.
Construction of a new state-of-the-art Child Advocacy Center that will bring medical, legal and governmental professionals under one roof to use the latest in technology to assist victims of child abuse.
Consolidation of all Sangamon County vehicle fleet operations in to one agency, eliminating costly overhead and duplication, while streamlining services to county vehicles.
Consolidation of Sangamon County Dispatch and Emergency Management functions, to create a more efficient and streamlined response to natural disasters and other emergencies.
Consolidation of all Sangamon County information technology operations in to one agency, eliminating costly overhead and saving tax dollars.
Revamped voting procedures to include greater use of polling place technology, helping to ease voter registration, ballot casting and ensuring greater voter integrity.
TECHNOLOGY AND TRANSPARENCY:
A new revamped county website that provides increased government transparency for financial data and other government documents as well as free access to GIS data such as detailed parcel information.
Creation of a Winter Weather Road Condition Map, which is a color coded map on the county’s new website that provides real time data on the condition of county highways during snow and ice emergencies.
Maintain a steady tax rate through eliminating and combining government offices and staff positions.
Operating under the constraints of tax caps, with a tax rate that is lower than it was 25 years ago.
A tradition of fiscal discipline built upon the foundation that you cannot spend what you don’t have.
A proven history of passing balanced budgets that live within their means, pay bills on time, fully fund affordable pensions, with limited debt, reduced headcount and streamlined services through consolidation and automation, while operating under the constraints of property tax caps and a property tax rate that is lower than it was 25 years ago.
Opening a federally funded medical clinic in partnership with the SIU School of Medicine to further reach the medically underserved in Sangamon County, including the use of a mobile public health clinic to cover all areas of the county.
Expansion of the highly successful Sangamo Scripts drug card program to provide larger discounts on more than 60,000 name brand and generic medications free of charge to Sangamon County residents.
Construction of the Public Health and Community Services Building, which for the first time will provide all consolidated county public health services and programs under one roof, in a more cost effective and efficient manner. The building was completed on time, under budget and with no tax increase.
Providing immunizations annually to more than 23,000 Sangamon County at-risk residents.
HELPING THOSE MOST AT RISK:
Annually providing millions of dollars for a variety of housing, employment, heating, cooling, medical, nutrition and other assistance to more than 10,000 in-need families and residents of Sangamon County.
Implementation of an innovative specialty court program that is targeted to low-risk, non-violent offenders dealing with drug and mental health issues. The program aims to reduce recidivism by providing immediate counseling services and the possibility of reduced sentences to those accepted in the program as long as they meet rigorous program goals involving greater personal responsibility.
Expansion of mental health services provided to the more than 9,000 persons a year housed in the Sangamon County Jail, which provides for a safer jail environment and overall reduced cost of jail operations.
Planning has begun for a Sangamon County Drug Crisis Center, which will help those battling opioid addictions and other drug addictions to avoid costly jail or emergency room visits by providing a secure environment to receive temporary and more cost effective emergency assistance.
Much needed building improvements to the Sangamon County Animal Control and Adoption Center, that have provided for a more comfortable and safe environment for the animals housed at the center.
Revamped policies, including allowing for greater involvement by volunteers and not-for-profits, which have led to a dramatic increase in the number of animal adoptions and a dramatic decrease in euthanizations.