Early voting provides numerous chances for Kane County residents to cast a primary ballot

Ernest LeTourneau of Batavia participates in early voting for the March 15 primary election at the Kane County Clerk's office in Geneva. (Sandy Bressner - sbressner@shawmedia.com)

When commuters would complain about not making it to their polling place before it closed, Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said he would feel bad.

But not anymore.

Now, he said, there is “really no excuse” for people not to vote.

Although the general primary election isn’t until March 15, voters can cast their ballot now through early voting.

The ballot includes candidates for such local races as Kane County Board chairman and Kane County coroner as well as federal races, including the 11th and 14th Congressional districts.

Not registered to vote? No problem. Grace period registration began Wednesday and runs through Election Day. Those individuals must, however, vote at the time of registration if they want to participate in the primary.

Both early voting and grace period registration are available only at the Kane County Clerk’s Office until Feb. 29. The facility, which is on the Kane County Government Center campus at 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

On Feb. 29, a host of other sites will open, including locations in St. Charles, Campton Hills, Batavia and Sugar Grove. Some sites will offer weekend hours in March.

“We urge everybody to vote early if they can,” Cunningham said, adding there is “really no reason to wait until the last minute.”

Meanwhile, the clerk’s office is readying for voters. On Wednesday, 11 new election judges gathered at the clerk’s office for training. Cunningham briefly addressed them, advising them to be aware of physical difficulties some voters may have and to treat those at the polling sites with dignity.

“We’re there to serve, remember that,” he said.

As of early Thursday, the clerk’s office reported that Kane County had 228,637 registered voters.

According to the clerk’s office, about 17 percent of registered voters participated in the 2014 general primary, which did not include a presidential race. Cunningham said he expects the national contest will generate higher than normal turnout.

“I would hope they would participate in the system,” Cunningham said, saying it is “our responsibility to vote.”

Those wanting to vote before March 15 may do so at the following sites. Visit www.KaneVotes.org for a complete list.

• Kane County Branch Court, 530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1, 3 and 4; 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 2 and 9; 9 a.m. to noon March 5; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6; 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 7, 8, 10 and 11; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13.

• Campton Community Center, 5N082 Old LaFox Road, Campton Hills. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 4 and March 7 to 11.

• City of Batavia, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 4 and March 7 to 11.

• City of St. Charles, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 4 and March 7 to 11.

• Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak St., North Aurora. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 3 and March 7 to 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4.

• Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 3 and March 7 to 10.

• The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 and 6.

• Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 7 to 10.

• Kane County Vote Mobile locations are set for the following Jewel Osco locations: 375 Randall Road in South Elgin on Feb. 29; 800 N. Main St. in Elburn on March 1 and 2; 465 N. Route 47 in Sugar Grove on March 3 and 4; 652 Kirk Road in St. Charles on March 6; and 119 S. Randall Road in Batavia on March 10. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Know more

The Kane County election information hotline is available at 630-232-5990 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. It also will be available from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 15, Election Day.

Visit www.KaneVotes.org for information.

When commuters would complain about not making it to their polling place before it closed, Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said he would feel bad.

But not anymore.

Now, he said, there is “really no excuse” for people not to vote.

Although the general primary election isn’t until March 15, voters can cast their ballot now through early voting.

The ballot includes candidates for such local races as Kane County Board chairman and Kane County coroner as well as federal races, including the 11th and 14th Congressional districts.

Not registered to vote? No problem. Grace period registration began Wednesday and runs through Election Day. Those individuals must, however, vote at the time of registration if they want to participate in the primary.

Both early voting and grace period registration are available only at the Kane County Clerk’s Office until Feb. 29. The facility, which is on the Kane County Government Center campus at 719 S. Batavia Ave. in Geneva, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

On Feb. 29, a host of other sites will open, including locations in St. Charles, Campton Hills, Batavia and Sugar Grove. Some sites will offer weekend hours in March.

“We urge everybody to vote early if they can,” Cunningham said, adding there is “really no reason to wait until the last minute.”

Meanwhile, the clerk’s office is readying for voters. On Wednesday, 11 new election judges gathered at the clerk’s office for training. Cunningham briefly addressed them, advising them to be aware of physical difficulties some voters may have and to treat those at the polling sites with dignity.

“We’re there to serve, remember that,” he said.

As of early Thursday, the clerk’s office reported that Kane County had 228,637 registered voters.

According to the clerk’s office, about 17 percent of registered voters participated in the 2014 general primary, which did not include a presidential race. Cunningham said he expects the national contest will generate higher than normal turnout.

“I would hope they would participate in the system,” Cunningham said, saying it is “our responsibility to vote.”

Those wanting to vote before March 15 may do so at the following sites. Visit www.KaneVotes.org for a complete list.

• Kane County Branch Court, 530 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1, 3 and 4; 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 2 and 9; 9 a.m. to noon March 5; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6; 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 7, 8, 10 and 11; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13.

• Campton Community Center, 5N082 Old LaFox Road, Campton Hills. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 4 and March 7 to 11.

• City of Batavia, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 4 and March 7 to 11.

• City of St. Charles, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 4 and March 7 to 11.

• Messenger Public Library, 113 Oak St., North Aurora. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 3 and March 7 to 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 4.

• Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 29 to March 3 and March 7 to 10.

• The Holmstad, 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 and 6.

• Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 7 to 10.

• Kane County Vote Mobile locations are set for the following Jewel Osco locations: 375 Randall Road in South Elgin on Feb. 29; 800 N. Main St. in Elburn on March 1 and 2; 465 N. Route 47 in Sugar Grove on March 3 and 4; 652 Kirk Road in St. Charles on March 6; and 119 S. Randall Road in Batavia on March 10. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Know more

The Kane County election information hotline is available at 630-232-5990 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. It also will be available from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 15, Election Day.

Visit www.KaneVotes.org for information.

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