GENEVA – Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham thanked Kane County voters, staff, and election workers for their role in making Tuesday’s primary election a success – despite the additional stress of the COVID-19 virus, according to a news release.
“I want to thank the voters of Kane County for their participation in yesterday’s general primary election – as well as their patience – as we dealt with some last-minute changes due to the coronavirus pandemic,” Cunningham stated in the release.
“I also want to thank our election judges and staff who were on the front lines yesterday at the polling places,” Cunningham stated in the release. “Our election judges are dedicated residents without whom we would not be able to run successful elections, and we greatly appreciate those election judges who showed up yesterday in these challenging circumstances.”
For the health and safety of voters and election workers, the clerk’s office took all necessary precautions, including placing sanitizing stations at all polling locations and cleaning and disinfecting voting equipment and frequently-touched surfaces. The office followed CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines for elections, the release stated.
While the primary election results are not yet final, preliminary results indicate that nearly half of votes cast in Tuesday’s election were cast through Early Voting and Vote by Mail ballots.
More than 29,000 early votes were cast in the Primary Election, far exceeding the 18,281 early votes cast in the 2016 general primary.
Over 3,100 Vote by Mail ballots have been received so far, which broke the record for a primary election of 1,789 in 2018.
“I would like to encourage voters to consider voting by mail in the Nov. 3, general election,” Cunningham stated in the release. “While we hope this virus will have subsided by the fall, voters who choose to Vote by Mail can vote from home and avoid public interaction on election Day. Vote by Mail ballot requests can be made as early as August for the November election.”
Cunningham also thanked the community partners in the Clerk’s Voter Outreach Program, an initiative in which local businesses, schools, and government offices with digital display marquee signs partner with the Clerk’s Office and post messages such as “Register to Vote Today,” “Vote Early Feb. 6 – March 16,” or “Don’t Forget to Vote” to increase voter participation in the Early Voting process.