Election Day is one day away. Here’s what voters need to know


After a long campaign season, Election Day is just one day away. Now, voters will decide who leads Illinois for the next four years and who will represent them at the federal, state and local levels.

Here’s things to know before Election Day:

When do the polls open Tuesday?

Polls open at 6 a.m. at the county’s polling places. Polls close at 7 p.m., but those in line prior to then will get the opportunity to cast their ballots.

Can I still register to vote?

Early registration has ended, but people can register to vote at their polling places. In what is called “grace period registration,” people can sign up to vote and then cast a ballot. That ballot would count just the same as if the voter were already registered.

Those looking to register must bring at least two forms of identification to their polling place, one of which has a home address.

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Is there still time to vote by mail? Where can ballots be dropped off?

Voters can still mail their ballots and they must be postmarked by Election Day. Ballots have to be received by the clerk’s office by Nov. 22.

Voters can drop off ballots at the boxes at the Sangamon County Complex or the Sangamon County Juvenile/Regional Office of Education on Dirksen Parkway. Ballots also can be brought to the clerk’s office.

Those bringing in ballots for someone else must sign a ballot return affidavit prior to doing so.

When do election results start to come in?

After the polls close at 7 p.m., results should begin to come in on all races. Because Illinois has more liberal election laws than other states, it could take at least two weeks for any close races to be called. Nov. 22 is the date all absentee ballots must arrive by at election offices.

There’s a lot of races. How do I know which ones are on my ballot?

Voters can check who’s on their ballot by logging onto the Sangamon County clerk’s website and clicking “Where do I vote/View a sample ballot” on the home page.

What’s on the ballot?

The big races at the top of the ticket are the state offices with governor, secretary of state, treasurer, attorney general and comptroller all being decided.

Governor: Incumbent Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker faces Republican state Sen. Darren Bailey, R-Xenia.

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Secretary of state: After nearly 25 years in office, incumbent Democrat Jesse White is retiring. Former Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is carrying the Democratic banner this time around, with state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, running for the GOP.

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Attorney general: Incumbent Democrat Kwame Raoul faces challenger Thomas DeVore, famous for his series of lawsuits against the state regarding COVID-19 restrictions.

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Treasurer: Incumbent Democrat Mike Frerichs is seeking a third term against state Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon.

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Comptroller: Incumbent Democrat Susana Mendoza is seeing another term. She’s opposed by Republican challenger Shannon Teresi, the former McHenry County auditor.

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Also, the ballot is topped by Amendment 1, which would establish the right for employees to collectively bargain with management and prevent the legislature from passing any laws that would restrict labor rights.

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At the federal level, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is facing challenger Republican Kathy Salvi in her bid for another term.

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For the U.S. House of Representatives, two area races are unfolding.

13th Congressional District: Former OMB Chief of Staff Nikki Budzinski, a Democrat, is in a battle with Republican Regan Deering for the seat.

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15th Congressional District: Democratic challenger Paul Lange is challenging incumbent Rep. Mary Miller, R-Oakland.

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While the composition of the state Senate and state House aren’t likely to change too much, there is a chance Republicans could cut into Democratic supermajorities. Here are some local races:

48th Senate District: Incumbent Sen. Doris Turner, D-Springfield is running against state Rep. Sandy Hamilton, R-Springfield. Both have spent thousands covering the airwaves with tough ads attacking each other on issues relating to corruption and abortion.

Incumbent Republican Sens. Steve McClure, R-Springfield and Sally Turner, R-Lincoln, are each running unopposed in the 54th and 44th districts, respectively.

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96th House District: The only competitive House race in the area, incumbent Rep. Sue Scherer, D-Decatur, has been challenged by Republican Lisa Smith of Mount Auburn, a pediatric nurse.

Incumbent Republican Reps. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, and C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, are running unopposed in the 95th and 100th districts, respectively. Bill Hauter, a Tazewell County-based nurse practicioner and former Rep. Wayne Rosenthal, R-Morrisonville, are also running unopposed in the 87th and 108th districts.

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At the county level, the race for treasurer is the only contested one on the ballot, with incumbent Republican Joe Aiello facing a challenge from Democrat Daniel Pittman, a former Marine.

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The offices of county clerk and sheriff are each on the ballot this year, with both incumbents – Republicans Don Gray and Jack Campbell – running unopposed.

The county board will have all 29 districts on the ballot this year, with 10 having contested races. Those districts are as follows:

District 10: Republican Paul Truax tries seeks a full term against Democrat Chrisandra Brown in a district on the north side of Springfield.

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District 12: Longtime Republican incumbent Linda Fulgenzi faces Democratic challenger Marc Ayers.

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District 13: Republican incumbent Brad Miller tries for a third term in this seat on the south side of Springfield against Democrat Mikaelah Curry.

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District 17: Republican incumbent Annette Fulgenzi tries for a third term in this north-side district against Democrat Aaron Tebrinke.

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District 19: Democratic incumbent Vera Small looks to retain this east-side district against Republican Alice Ramey.

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District 24: Board Chair Andy Van Meter faces a challenge from his next-door neighbor, Democrat Maureen Duffy Bommarito.

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District 25: Longtime Republican incumbent George Preckwinkle faces Democrat Krishna Brahmamdam.

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District 26: Republican incumbent John O’Neill tries to retain his Chatham-area seat against Democratic challenger Rusty Jones.

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District 27: Republican incumbent Abe Forsyth seeks to remain on the board for another term against Democratic challenger Jon Hackler.

District 29: Incumbent Republican Cathy Scaife faces Democratic challenger Kathy Johnson.

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Last, but not least, the Regional Office of Education #51 Superintendent office is on the ballot, with Republican incumbent Shannon Fehrholz going up against Democrat Jonnell Baskett, a former District 186 teacher and principal.

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November 7, 2022 at 06:59AM

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