On January 26, 2016, Livingston County Clerk Kristy Masching announced that ongoing objections to several Presidential Candidates are not anticipated to be resolved by the State Board of Elections in time for ballots to be prepared and voting tabulators to be programmed for the opening of By Mail and Early Voting on February 4, 2016. The ballots and machines are anticipated to be available no later than February 17, 2016 – the beginning of Grace Period Registration and Voting – by which time most challenges seeking to remove candidates from the ballot should have been decided and final ballot certifications issued by the State Board of Elections.
“It is possible that ballots may be available prior to February 17, and if so, we will notify the media and voters through radio and newspaper releases and on our website,” said Masching. Once final certifications are received from the State Board of Elections, they will be forwarded immediately to our vendor, Liberty Systems, for preparation and programming of the voting tabulators, allowing us to finalize ballots and open for voting”.
Voters wishing to vote by mail may obtain an application to vote by mail by contacting the County Clerk’s Office, or by visiting the Clerk’s website at www.livingstoncounty-il.org, (Click on the following: County Services, County Clerk, Elections). Ballots will be mailed out as soon as they become available. The last day an application for a vote by mail ballot can be received and a ballot mailed is March 10, 2016. Masching would like to remind voters that no reason or excuse is needed to vote by mail or vote early in the Clerk’s Office.