Coles County Clerk Sue Rennels announced today that ongoing objections to several Presidential Candidates are not anticipated to be resolved by the State Board of Elections in time for ballots to be prepared and voting tabulators to be programmed for the opening of Vote by Mail and Early Voting on February 4, 2016. The ballots and machines will be available no later than February 17, 2016 – the beginning of Grace Period Registration and Voting – by which time most challenges seeking to remove candidates from the ballot should have been decided and final ballot certifications issued by the State Board of Elections.
“We are prepared and ready to allow the voters to vote. However, without the certification of the ballot by the State Board of Elections we cannot proceed further. While this is unfortunate and uncontrollable for all counties in Illinois, we are organized and ready to proceed once we receive the final ballot certification from the State.”
Voters seeking more information about Vote by Mail, Early Voting dates and times, and Voter Registration should visit http://www.co.coles.il.us/coclerk/elections or call the election department at 217-348-0523.