The County Clerk administers elections of national, state and county officials within Jo Daviess County. There are currently 29 precincts with 16,381 registered voters under the jurisdiction of the County Clerk. The Clerk also administers all elections for schools, parks, townships, and other special districts under her jurisdiction.
Who is Eligible to Register to Vote?
To be eligible to register to vote a person must:
1) be a citizen of the United States
2) be 18 years of age or older as of the date of the
3) reside in the precinct for 30 days
A residence is a permanent abode, a place where a person actually lives (dwells). No one may register from a place of business or office unless he actually lives there as a permanent abode and has no other dwelling place.
Who Must Register?
Those who must register are the following:
1) all persons who have never registered in Jo Daviess
2) all persons who have changed their names through
marriage or otherwise
Where and When You May Register?
At the office of the County Clerk, with a deputy registrar or your precinct committeeman. Contact the office of the County Clerk for their locations.
Registration is closed for the 27-day period immediately preceding each election. Registration opens two days after each election.
Citizens may register to vote by mailing in an application. The application may be downloaded from the sidebar of this page. When you apply for registration using the mail-in form, it must be postmarked prior to the close of registration.
You may consider yourself officially registered as soon as you receive a voter ID card in the mail. If you do not receive an ID card within three weeks after you registered, contact the County Clerk’s Office at 815-777-0161.
Change of Address
Registered voters who have moved within the county may notify the County Clerk’s office in any one of three ways:
1) by filling out the reverse side of their voter registration
card and returning it to the election authority
2) by letter, listing the old address and new address
3) by filling out a new registration card
An application for change of address, either by card or by letter must bear the signature of the voter and be mailed to the County Clerk’s office.
All changes of address must be received by the County Clerk postmarked not later than 27 days prior to any election.
Physically Disabled Voters
Citizens who are not registered to vote and cannot leave their home, hospital, nursing home or other institution because of a permanent physical disability can arrange for voter registration by the County Clerk’s office. Contact the County Clerk’s office for information.
Foreign Born Citizens
Persons born in the following countries derive United States Citizenship at birth: Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.
A naturalized citizen must provide information regarding his/her naturalization. If naturalized through the papers of a parent or spouse, the citizen must provide information regarding the naturalization of the parent or spouse.
Who May Vote Absentee?
Any registered voter may vote absentee.
Members of the Armed Forces and their spouses and dependents living with them, who expect to be absent from the county in the course of their duties, may cast absentee ballots in all elections and need not be registered. This also applies to civilian employees of the U.S. government serving outside the United States. Contact the commanding officer or the government employee for forms.
Voting by Absentee Ballot
By Mail: A registered voter may request an official “Application for Absent Voters Ballot.” A request for the official application must include the name and home address of the applicant and the address to which the application should be sent.
The official application may be mailed to the County Clerk not more than 40 or less than five days prior to the election. If the official application filed within that time is properly completed, ballots will be mailed to the applicant.
All ballots, whether used or not, must be returned to the County Clerk’s Office. In order for ballots to be counted, they must be returned to the County Clerk’s Office before 7 p.m. on the day of the election.
In Person: Registered voters who expect to be absent from the county on election day may vote in person at the office of the County Clerk during normal business hours beginning 30 days prior to the election and closing one day prior to the election.
In Person: Registered voters may vote early in person at the County Clerk’s Office. The period for early voting begins the 22nd day preceding the election and extends through the 5th day before the election.