Things to know on Nov. 8 Election Day
October 30, 2016
For many University students’ this is their first opportunity to cast a vote in a presidential election and may be their first time voting at all. The process is simple, but there are a few things to know when preparing for election day.
- Know which Champaign County polling place to vote at. The first step is simple: make sure to show up at the right place on Election Day. To find voting locations and times on Nov. 8 go to https://www.champaigncountyclerk.com/elections/polling_place_lookup.php.Just put in a name and address and the information will be provided.
- Polling places are open from six a.m. to seven p.m. There may be lines to vote so plan accordingly.
- If voting in Illinois for the first time, a state ID is required at the polling place. If this isn’t the first time for voting, then an ID is not required.
- Political promotion
- Voters can’t wear a shirt or other article of clothing (inside the polling place) that promotes a specific candidate. It counts as political promotion and is not allowed within 100 feet of the polling place.
- So people hoping to show pride for their candidate, just wear a jacket over the political paraphernalia or put it on after voting.
- To cast a vote for a write-in candidate:
- “If you wish to vote for a person whose name is not on the ballot you may write or print the name of a candidate in the blank space below the office.
- Fill in the oval opposite the name with the marking device provided.
- Write-in votes are counted only for those candidates who file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate.”
According to the Champaign County Clerk. Source: Champaign County Clerk
For the most up-to-date information about voting and election day go to www.champaigncountyclerk.com and stay with The Daily Illini for updates and coverage.