Early Voting for March 20th Election Won't Start Thursday As Planned
Dispute Over If a Democratic Candidate for Attorney General Should Remain on the Ballot Prevents Certification of the Ballot
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Marion County Clerk Steve Fox is joining many clerks across the state in delaying the start of early voting that was scheduled to begin Thursday.

Fox says the problem is some objections to candidates being on the ballot have not yet been completed. He says most notably for Marion County is if Democratic Attorney General Candidate Scott Drury who is appealing to the appellate court to remain on the ballot.

"Again this year like we saw in the 2016 primary, we've got an objection that has moved to the court side of things for judicial review and that's causing a delay because it has now moved to the Appellate Courts. Which means its going to take a little longer than we hope. I think you are going to see across the state, at least in Marion County, a delay in early voting until this case is decided so we can get proper ballots and equipment set up to do voting. We will go ahead and do vote by mail voting and any ballots that would be affected by that would be resent."

Fox says ballots and machines will be available no later than February 21st, the beginning of Grace Period Registration and Voting. He feels by that 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.

Fox says once a decision is made on Drury's case, they can move quickly to start the voting process.

"It might be a day or so to get up and running from that point. We do have to wait on the vendor, but it's a pretty quick process on our end."

Voters seeking more information about voting by mail and early voting schedules and locations should call the office at 548-3400 or contact the office via emailed at CountyClerkmarionco.illinois.gov

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