Jersey County Clerk Pam Warford has announced that Early Voting began on Thursday, February 8th, with the county’s first “batch” of Vote by Mail ballots sent out on the same day.

Warford noted that there will be a write-in line included for the office of President of the United States on the both the Republican and Democratic ballots.  “Due to some objections that were filed, and continued legal proceedings, we have included all candidates’ names on the ballot but also included a write-in line.  If a candidate were to be actually removed from the ballot due to a court decision, they would have the right to file as a write-in candidate.  Though no one has filed as a write-in candidate for President at this time, we want to be prepared.  We can’t make changes to the ballot after people have already started voting.”

Likewise, voters of both parties could see some candidates on the ballot for President of the United States who have announced that they are no longer running.  Unfortunately, these names can only be removed from the ballot if the candidate has filed an official withdrawal of candidacy with the state.  “So, it will be up to the voter to be educated on these issues,” Warford said.  “Since early voting has already started, we will not be able to make any changes to the ballots.”

Early voting will be available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday at the Jersey County Government Building.  Voting hours will also be offered on Saturday, March 16th from 9:00 AM until 12:00 Noon.  The office will be closed on Monday, February 19th for Presidents’ Day.  Local polling places will be open on Election Day, March 19th from 6:00 AM until 7:00 PM.

For more information or to request a Vote by Mail ballot, voters may call the county clerk’s office at 618-498-5571, Option 6, or go to their website at www.jerseycountyclerk-il.gov.