"Always vote for principal though you may vote alone and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost."
John Quincy Adams, fifth President of the United States
The 2020 Illinois Primary Election was held on Monday, March 17, 2020. The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The polls open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m.
Labor Day marks the official kick-off of our 2020 Presidential Election. Our Illinois candidates and Rico Republican Precinct Committeeman are knocking on doors answering questions, getting to know what our Voter highest priority. To learn about our Candidates please visit 2020 Candidates menu tab. The 2020 Presidential General Election on Tuesday, November 3rd 2020.
The Rock Island County offices will be open from 15 days before the General Election through the Sunday before Election Day. The hours for Early Voting have also been increased until 7 pm during the week before Election Day and from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the Sunday before Election Day. Before you vote, it is important to check the hours and places for Early Voting. For your review we have listed the dates and times below. If you have any questions please contact our Republican headquarters or you can contact your local Rico County Clerk.
2020 EARLY VOTING @ County Clerk's Office:
Monday through Friday, September 24 - October 16, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Monday through Friday, October 19 - November 2, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Saturdays, October 24 & October 31, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Sundays, October 25 & November 1, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
EARLY VOTING AT OFF -SITE LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY begins on October 19th.
WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY (3300 River Drive, Moline):
Monday through Friday, October 22 - November 2, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Where do I Vote?
This link will take you directly to a form to link to your polling place.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Grace Voting @County clerk office
Monday through Friday, October 7 - 19, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Monday through Friday, October 16 - November 2, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Saturdays, October 19 & November 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Sundays, October 25 & November 1, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
You can register or make changes to your registration by bringing 2 forms of ID showing your current name and address and vote at that time.
Illinois: Voting at the Polls on General Election Day: On Election Day Tuesday, November 3, 2020, the polls are open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Rock Island County. Voters who are not able to vote in person may qualify to vote Absentee ballot.
Bring Appropriate identification with you to the polls: If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time, either at the polling place, in-person absentee or early voting, unless you submit with your mail-in registration form your driver license number or state ID number, the last four digits of your social security number, or one of the forms of ID listed below. Voters voting under the provisions of UOCAVA and the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act do not have to vote in person for the first time after having registered by mail.
Applying for an Absentee Ballot Online
Absentee voting is also known as Voting by Mail. Anyone can vote using an absentee ballot for any reason.
As of July 1, 2014, any registered voter may apply for an Absentee ballot online. The online application for an absentee ballot will be available on your election authority’s website at least 90 days before the election. You should contact your election authority if you have questions about how this works.
After checking that you are a registered voter, the election authority will send a paper ballot to the address you provide in your application. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot online is five days before an election.
Once you receive the ballot in the mail, you must fill out the ballot and then mail it back. You must mail it back in the envelope given to you and you must sign and seal it, as instructed. If you mail it back, it must be postmarked no later than midnight on the night before the election. If you wish, you may take your ballot to the election authority and vote your ballot there.
You may receive help in marking your absentee ballot. The person helping you must sign the envelope, stating that they helped you. Vote by Mail Application
Same Day Voter Registration Pilot Program
If you miss the last day to register to vote, you may still register to vote and vote during a special time called the “grace period”. People who miss the voter registration deadline will be able to register and vote on the same day as the election.
To register during the Grace period you must go in person to the Rico County Clerk's office or to another place chosen by the election authority, and you must vote at the same time. You should contact your local election authority if you wish to register and vote during the grace period or if you have questions about how this works.
Any of the following IDs may be used. You must bring two forms of identification with you, with at least one that has your current address. The types of IDs you may use include:
VOTING REGISTRATION FROM "EQUIP FOR EQUALITY"
Recently, there have been a number of changes that have expanded voting rights and made voter registration and voting easier.
Online Voter Registration
The Illinois State Board of Elections started online voter registration system that allows you to register to vote or update your voter registration electronically on the internet (online). Voting is a fundamental right for all citizens. This fact sheet is designed to give people with disabilities, including older Americans with physical, mental, sensory or cognitive impairments, useful information on exercising their right to vote. Topics include Voter registration, Grace period registration, Early voting, Voting by mail, Voting while living in a nursing home, voting if you are admitted to a health care facility* within 14 days of an election, curbside voting,
and assistance in voting.
Our Office Locations page will give you addresses for each office, as well as phone, fax and other contact information. Our offices are located in the following Illinois cities: Carbondale, Chicago, and Springfield. This system is only for voter registration. You cannot vote online. To use this new system go here.
Note: To use the online system to register to vote, you must provide an Illinois Driver’s License Number or State Identification Card Number. If you do not have either form of ID, contact the Secretary of State to find out how to get one. You can call 1-800-252-8980 or visit cyberdriveilliinois.com.
For Further Information: Voting Information - Illinois State Board of Elections, a public website, contains voting information, lists of Illinois counties and addresses and phone numbers and websites for various county election authorities.
ANY QUESTIONS? Contact Melissa Picciola at 312-341-0022 ext. 7328 or www.equipforequality.org/issues/voting/