Jacksonville Journal-Courier Voter Guide

Your guide to ballot measures, amendment to the Illinois Constitution and races throughout west-central Illinois.
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FAQ

Can I vote early by mail?

You can vote by mail if you will be away from your county on Election Day and during the hours that early voting is conducted; are sick or disabled; are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or you are in jail.

What are election judges?

Judges of elections are responsible for the administration of election procedures in the polling place on Election Day. They are in the position of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in accordance with the law.

What do I do if I have changed my name?

A person who changes his or her name must re-register to vote.

Am I registered to vote?

You can see your voter registration status here

How do I know where my polling place is?

You can find where you go to vote on Election Day here.

What forms of ID are needed when voting?

Two forms of identification with at leasat one showing your current residence is needed when you register to vote in-person.

You have the right to vote!

You have the right as a citizen to vote and should anyone try to stop you, call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-687-8683.

Can I put a PO Box address or a school mailbox address as my permanent address?

No. Your form will not be processed if you put a P.O. Box as your permanent address. For district purposes, you must put a physical adddress. There is a section of the form to put your mailing address in addition to your physical address.

I live abroad. How do I register to vote?

You should contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program. The website is http://www.fvap.gov. They specialize in getting people in the armed forces and people living abroad registered to vote. The rules for people in the armed forces or abroad are different than for people living in the United States. The FVAP can also be reached by phone at (800) 438-VOTE.

Key Dates

October 6, 2020

Last day for registration or transfer of registration within the offices of the election authority

October 7, 2020

First day for grace period registration, voting or change of address in the office of the election authority or at a location designated for this purpose

October 18, 2020

ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION Last day for voters to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website. (10 ILCS 5/1A-16.5)

October 19, 2020

First day of early voting for counties who have early voting at permanent polling places other than the office of the election authority

October 26, 2020

Last day for any voter who is a member of the U.S. service or their spouses, voting age dependents, nonresident civilian and citizens temporarily residing outside the U.S. to make application for an absentee ballot

October 29, 2020

Last day for the election authority to receive application by mail from any registered voter

November 2, 2020

Last day for early voting

November 3, 2020

Last day for grace period registration and voting

Election Coverage

Your guide to ballot measures, amendment to the Illinois Constitution and races throughout west-central Illinois.

U.S. President

President Donald Trump is campaigning to keep his seat in the Oval Office but Joe Biden, former vice president, is campaigning to take his place.

Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump is the 45th and current President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Michael R. Pence is an American politician and attorney serving as the 48th and current Vice President of the United States, since 2017.

Joe Biden

Jos Biden is an American politician who served as the 47th Vice President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris is an American politician and attorney who has served as the junior U.S. senator from California since 2017

Howie Hawkins

Green Party • Vice President Angela Walker

Gloria La Riva

Party for Socialism and Liberation • Vice President Leonard Peltier

Brian Carroll

American Solidarity Party • Vice President Amar Patel

Jo Jorgensen

Libertarian • Jeremy "Spike" Cohen

U.S. Senate

Richard Durbin

Richard Joseph Durbin is an American attorney and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Illinois, a seat he was first elected to in 1996.

Mark Curran

Mark C. Curran is an American attorney who served as Sheriff of Lake County, Illinois from 2006 to 2018.

Chad Koppie

A conservative candidate running for U.S. Senate

David Black

Running for the U.S. Senate and is affiliated with the Illinois Green Party.

Danny Malouf

Running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Illinois.

Willie Wilson

An American businessman and politician from Chicago who has run for multiple elected offices.

Amendment to the Illinois Constitution

Proposed Amendment to Section 3 of Article IX of the Illinois Constitution

Fair Tax

The proposed amendment grants the State of Illinois authority to impose higher income tax rates on higher income levels. If passed, the current fixed income rate of 9.5% for Illinois would become a gradual one.

Illinois 13th District of Congress

Rodney Davis

Rodney Lee Davis is an American Republican politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 13th congressional district since 2013

Betsy Londrigan

Running to represent the people of Illinois 13th district in Congress.

Illinois 18th District of Congress

Darin LaHood

Darin McKay LaHood is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Illinois 18th congressional district since 2015.

Mark Haasis

Running to represent the people of Illinois 18th district in Congress.

George Petrilli

Running to represent the people of Illinois 18th district in Congress.

Illinois District 93 State House

Norine K. Hammond

Norine Hammond is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives who has served in the Illinois House of Representatives since her appointment in December 2010 to replace the late Richard P. Myers

Scott Stoll

Running to represent the people of Illinois 93rd district in Congress.

Illinois District 95 State House

Avery Bourne

Avery Bourne is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives representing the 95th district. She was sworn in to office on February 20, 2015.

Chase Wilhelm

Running to represent the people of Illinois 95th district in Congress.

Illinois District 100 State House

C.D. Davidsmeyer

C.D. Davidsmeyer is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives who has served in the Illinois House of Representatives since his appointment in December 2012.

Brandon Adams

Running for Illinois District 100 and is currently an Alderman in Jacksonville,

Brown County

Ballot information for Brown County Elections

Michael D. Yingling

County Board Member

Jed Parn

County Board Member

David Ferrill

County Board Member

Chad Kunkel

County Board Member

Rick Garthaus

County Board Member

Mark Yingling

County Board Member

Lori Wiese-McKee

County Board Member

Charlies Northcutt

County Board Member

Rhonda Johnson

Circuit Clerk (uncontested)

Michael Hill

State's Attorney (uncontested)

Charles H.W. Burch

To be retained in office as Judge of the Cictuit Court Eigth Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

Ted Brenner

For Judge of the Ciruit Court of Eighth Judicial Circuit

Cass County

Ballot information for Cass County Elections

Brad Parlier

Circuit Clerk (uncontested)

Craig Miller

State's Attorney

R. John Alvarez

State's Attorney

Aaron D. French

Member of the County Board District One

Joyce C. Brannan

Member of the County Board District One

Bob Schaefer

Member of the County Board District One

Cathy Schlueter Gibson

Member of the County Board District One (unexpired two-year term)

Connie Starkey

Member of the County Board District Two

Gary Noe

Member of the County Board District Two

Kim Hance

Member of the County Board District Two (unexpired two-year term)

Bill Merriman

Member of the County Board District Three

Ramona Douglass

Member of the County Board District Four

Tad Brenner

Judge of the Circuit Court Eighth Judicial Circuit

Mike Atterberry

Judge of the Cicuit Court Eighth Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

Charles H.W. Burch

Judge of the Cicuit Court Eighth Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

Greene County

Ballot information for Greene County Elections

Shirley Thornton

Circuit Clerk (uncontested)

Caleb Briscoe

State's Attorney (uncontested)

Danny Powell

Coroner (uncontested)

Christy Ford

County Board Member

Mark Strang

County Board Member

Earlene Castleberry

County Board Member

Joyce Clark

County Board Member

Gail Noll

To be retained in office as Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

Adam Giganti

Judge of the Circuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit

Zachary Schmidt

Judge of the Circuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit

Matt Goetten

Judge of the Circuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit

Chris Reif

To be retained in office as Judge of the Cictuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

John Madonia

To be retained in office as Judge of the Cictuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

Morgan County

Ballot information for Morgan County Elections

Amy Sipes

Circuit Clerk (uncontested)

Kim Mitchell

County Treasurer (uncontested)

Gray Noll

State's Attorney (uncontested)

Marcy Patterson

Coroner (uncontested)

Bradley Zeller

County Commissioner (uncontested)

Adam Giganti

Judge of the Circuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit

Chris Reif

To be retained in office as Judge of the Cictuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

John Madonia

To be retained in office as Judge of the Cictuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

Pike County

Ballot information for Pike County Elections

Bryce Glecker

Circuit Clerk (uncontested)

Zachary P. Boren

State's Attorney (uncontested)

Mark Sprague

County Board Member

John Birch

County Board Member

Amy Gates

County Board Member

Reta Hoskin

County Board Member

Thomas Lewis

County Board Member

Derek Ross

County Board Member

Tad Brenner

Judge of the Circuit Court Eighth Judicial Circuit

Mike Atterberry

Circuit Judge (yes or no)

Charles H.W. Burch

Circuit Judge (yes or no)

Scott County

Ballot information for Scott County Elections

Staci Evans

Circuit Clerk (uncontested)

Richard Crews

State's Attorney (uncontested)

Reobert Schafer

County Commissioner

Gail Noll

Judge of the Circtuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit

Adam Giganti

Judge of the Circtuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit

Chris Reif

To be retained in office as Judge of the Circuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

John Madonia

To be retained in office as Judge of the Circuit Court Seventh Judicial Circuit (yes or no)

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