DANVILLE – Monday is the first day candidates for elected county positions can start filing for the spring 2020 election.
Local offices up for election next year include: county recorder, circuit clerk, state’s attorney, county auditor, county coroner, county board members and precinct committeepersons.
It also will be the first election filing period in the new Vermilion County Administration Building, 201 N. Vermilion St.
“This is the first year we’re going to be conducting filing in our new home, so things might seem a little different,” says Supervisor of Elections Lindsay Light.
Filings will occur in the first floor Vermilion County Clerk’s Office.
The office will open at 8 a.m., and normally the first day of filing is busy.
Light said people can wait in the hallway outside the office. Light said they plan on handing out slips of paper to every candidate in attendance at 8 a.m. or prior.
“We do this to ensure proper ballot placement since we have so many people come in all at one time,” she said.
Light and another office staff member Robyn Heffern plan on sitting at a table right outside the office to take filings.
“I expect Monday morning to be crazy busy. We’re going to work hard to get everyone through as quickly as possible while still keeping it convenient for customers who are here for other services such as vital records or taxes, which is why we’re using the hallway space,” according to Light.
She said the filings usually die down by 8:30 a.m. the first day and then they just have people come in here and there.
Petition packets must be filed by 5 p.m. Dec. 2.
Light reminds candidates that they need to make sure their paperwork is notarized prior to Monday morning. They do offer notarization free of charge in their office.
Petition packets for candidates who wish to run in the General Primary Election on March 17, 2020, can pick them up between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Vermilion County Clerk’s office.
The order in which candidates file will determine their placement on the ballot. In the event two candidates file for the same office and are of the same party, a lottery will be conducted at a later date and time to determine ballot placement.
Federal, state and judicial offices also will be on the ballot.
The candidate who receives the highest vote total in each political party for each office in the primary will be on the Nov. 3, 2020 general election ballot.
For additional information and questions, contact Chief Deputy County Clerk/Supervisor of Elections Lindsay Light at 217-554-1911 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.