ST. CHARLES, IL — April 6 is Election Day again in St. Charles; but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait until then to cast your ballot, with numerous early voting locations now open throughout Kane County. Early voting opened across the county on March 22 and will run through April 5. Voters do not
ST. CHARLES, IL — April 6 is Election Day again in St. Charles; but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to wait until then to cast your ballot, with numerous early voting locations now open throughout Kane County.
Early voting opened across the county on March 22 and will run through April 5. Voters do not need to give a reason why they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day. They only need to fill out an application at the early voting site.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day.
Check to see if you are registered to vote by heading to the Illinois State Board of Elections website. The law requires registered voters to keep their name and address current, and you will not be able to vote in the election if you are not properly registered.
Registered voters in Kane County who do not have a voter’s registration card or who have a question regarding their registration, should contact the Clerk’s Office at 630-232-3400 (Geneva) or 630-232-5950 (Aurora satellite office).
State laws require early voters to provide a valid photo ID to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include a current driver’s license, a driver’s license of state ID, university/college ID or another government-issued ID with a photo, such as a passport.
Kane County is set to open more than two dozen early voting locations — including several in the St. Charles area — for residents to cast their ballots ahead of the April 6 election.
Seven locations are serving as permanent locations for early and grace-period voting through April 5, and there will be eight alternative voting locations that will each be open for several days, according to Kane County Clerk John Cunningham.
Election officials will also set up mobile voting locations at 10 locations across Kane County before Election Day, including seven Jewel-Osco stores.
Check out the map below to find more details on where and when you can vote early in Kane County.
Request A Mail-In Ballot
The last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters is April 1. The last day for mail ballots to be postmarked is April 6.
If you are returning your vote-by-mail ballot by mail, it must be postmarked by Election Day and received no later than April 20.
Your ballot can be returned to the election authority by mail or delivered in person. In-person delivery can be by either the voter or by any person authorized by the voter.
If delivered, the ballot must be received by the election authority prior to the polls closing at 7 p.m. April 6. If mailed, it must be postmarked by Election Day.
What’s On The April 6 Ballot
You can check out who is on your ballot by entering your address into the Kane County sample ballot locator.
The St. Charles mayoral race sits at the top of the ballot, with voters tasked with electing Maureen Lewis or Lora Vitek as the successor to Ray Rogina, who took the office in 2013. Lewis and Vitek both serve on the St. Charles City Council.
There are no declared candidates in races for St. Charles city clerk and treasurer.
St. Charles voters will also elect several aldermen to represent them on the City Council. Each of the five races feature multiple candidates.
Richard Balla Jr. is challenging incumbent Ald. Ronald Silkaitis in Ward 1; Ryan Bongard is challenging incumbent Arthur Lemke in Ward 2; and Charles Amenta and Paul Lencioni are vying for an open seat in Ward 3.
Bryan Wirball, Laurel Moad and John Hoscheit are seeking to replace Vitek as one of two aldermen from Ward 4, while Richard Artz, Steve Weber and Kimberly Malay are seeking to replace Lewis in Ward 5.
Most voters will also see races for St. Charles Township offices on their ballots.
The “St. Charles Township Citizens” slate has put forward eight candidates, including Ronald Johnson for supervisor, Terry Cross for clerk, Diane Hemmingsen for assessor and Steve Frohling for highway commissioner. All four are incumbents.
The race for the St. Charles Township Board of Trustees features six candidates running for four seats. James Flanigan and William Kevin Bachman are challenging incumbents Todd Wallace, Mary Lynn Swanson, Jeffrey Jerdee and Jerry Swanson, who are running under the St. Charles Township Citizens banner.
Four candidates are seeking four open seats on the St. Charles Park District Board of Commissioners: Brain Charles, Steven Ward, Karrsten Goettel and Bob Carne. All are incumbents.
There are five candidates running for three seats on the St. Charles Public Library Board of Trustees: Michael Hill, Mary Kruse, Claudia Frost, Bonnie Dauer and Joseph Gay. Hill and Frost are incumbents.
Five candidates are seeking four seats on the St. Charles District 303 Board of Education: Katherine “Kate” Bell, Jim Stombres, Heidi Fairgrieve, Carolyn Waibel and Edward McNally. Fairgrieve, Waibel and McNally are incumbents.
Four candidates — Jeffrey Meyer, Donna Redmer, Joyce Fountain and Adriana Barriga-Green — are running for two open seats on the Elgin Community College Board of Trustees. Oliver and Kelsey are incumbents. Meyer and Redmer are incumbents.
Three races for the Kane County Regional Board of School Trustees also appear on St. Charles-area ballots, though only one has a declared candidate. Winfried Cordell Cooper Jr. is running for a six-year term on the board.