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Voting and Elections


  • nomination of Federal, State, and County Officials and for the election of Precinct Committeemen.
  • advisory referendum on Election Commission Consolidation.

Background on Election Commission Consolidation

DuPage County is proposing the consolidation of the DuPage County Election Commission, a separate governmental agency, with the County Clerk’s Office.  Placing the responsibility for the Election Commission under a countywide elected official, versus an appointed body, will improve accountability and result in many operational efficiencies, saving taxpayers significant resources. Prior to 1974, the County Clerk assumed the responsibility for the administration of local elections, as does every other County Clerk in the state except for 7 municipal election commissions (Aurora, Bloomington, Chicago, Danville, East St. Louis, Galesburg and Rockford) and 1 county election commission (Peoria).

On the March 2018 primary ballot, the DuPage County Board has placed an advisory referendum question asking voters: “Shall the DuPage County Election Commission be dissolved and its functions consolidated with the Office of the County Clerk?”  DuPage County lacks the authority to place a binding referendum question on the ballot unless citizens gather over 61,000 signatures to formally place the initiative on the ballot. (State statute requires the signatures of 10% of the registered voters in the county). The City of Aurora has also placed a (binding) referendum question on the March primary ballot asking voters if they wish to dissolve the Aurora Election Commission. (Background provided by County Board offices.)

Candidate Information

A downloadable list of Candidates and Propositions for the March 20, 2018, GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION is available on the DuPage County Election Commission website HERE.

The Elmhurst League has a nonpartisan Voters Guide to the contested races covered in our recent Candidate Forum. You can reach it by clicking HERE.

Ballot Box The Illinois League has a Voter Guide available from a button on the lwvil.org website. Look for Voter Guide on the homepage in the right hand column.

You can also go directly to the LWVIL Primary Voter Guide page by clicking HERE. Currently only federal and state candidates are available, but more will be added. Try it! You will soon be able to research the candidates and referenda on your ballot for the Primary Election.

Voter Registration

You can register to vote HERE. You can also register at many locations throughout DuPage County, including Elmhurst City Hall, and the York Township and the Addison Township Offices. For a list of other voter registration locations, go to the DuPage County Election Commission Website. Also, many LWV Elmhurst members have been appointed voter registrars, and may register you to vote.

If you have questions about voter registration, or would like to have a LWV Elmhurst member register you to vote or update your voter registration information, send an email to voterregistration@lwvelmhurst.org.

Voter registration closes 28 days prior to each election and reopens two days after an election.

Early Voting

Registered voters in DuPage County may vote "early" at any DuPage County Early Voting center conveniently located throughout the county. Information on Early Voting sites is available HERE

A registered voter may drop by an Early Voting site and present a valid government issued photo ID. If you registered by mail and did not send a copy of your identifications, you may have to show two forms of identification, one with your address on it. Once the voter's registration status is verified, the voter may cast a ballot on an ATM-like touch screen device. The vote will be tabulated on Election Day.

NOTE: Once an early vote is cast, the vote is final. The database is updated and the voter may not go to the polling place on Election Day to change a vote.

"Grace Period" Registration and Voting

Illinois law provides individuals who were unable to register to vote or change their address prior to the traditional deadline (28 days prior to an election) a "grace period" to register and vote. The "grace period" is from the 27th day until the day before an election. Grace Period Registration can be done in the office of the DuPage Election Commission, 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois. "Grace Period" locations extend to the Early Voting locations throughout DuPage County beginning 15 days prior until the day before an election.

A DuPage citizen may register to vote at the DuPage Election Commission during "Grace Period" Registration and Voting. Again, be prepared to vote at the same time.

Voting Districts, Ward Map, and Polling Places

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