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Will County clerk wants special election date moved

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots (right) instructs voter where drop ballot during absentee voting Will County Clerk's office Monday

Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots (right) instructs a voter where to drop the ballot during absentee voting at the Will County Clerk's office Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at 302 N. Chicago St. in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: December 29, 2012 6:23AM



Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said it would be too expensive to have a special election in March to replace former U.S Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned from his 2nd Congressional District seat last week.

Voots said Tuesday that she is joining with clerks from Cook and Kankakee counties to push for the election to be held April 9, when the polls will be open anyway for municipal, township and school elections.

On Monday, Gov. Pat Quinn tentatively set the special election for March 19, which was within the 115-day requirement set by law. The Legislature is working on changing the date now during its veto session, Voots said.

Twenty-seven Will County precincts are in the 2nd Congressional District as it was redrawn after the 2010 Census.

The precincts are: Crete Township 1 to 12; Monee Township 1 to 8; Peotone Township 1 and 2; Washington Township 1 to 3; Will Township 1 and Wilton Township 1.

Before the redistricting, the 2nd District included only eight Will County precincts: one in Crete Township and seven in Monee Township.

Voots said the county has to pay for five election judges for each precinct at a cost of about $135 each.

Also, the county has to pay for ballot coding and ballot printing for each election.

“It doesn’t make sense to have an election in March when we’re having an election in April anyway,” Voots said.

Jackson, a Chicago Democrat, resigned due to mental health issues after 17 years in office. In his letter of resignation, Jackson acknowledged making mistakes during his time in office and he said he is cooperating with a federal investigation into his finances.



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