Referendum Filing

Two primary methods for placing a question before the voters are by resolution of the governing board for a taxing district or by petition signed by voters in the district.

Resolutions are certified by the local election official to the County Clerk.
1.  Resolutions must be passed by the last day to adopt a resolution or ordinance to allow binding public questions to appear on the ballot             (refer to the State Board of Election Calendar.)
2.  Local Election Official will certify the question to the County Clerk no later than the last day for Public Question Certification (refer to the            State Board of Election Calendar.)
3.  Ballot proof is sent to the local election official for approval before the ballots are printed.
4.  Any revision in the actual referendum text as certified must be adopted by board action and re-certified with the County Clerk by the legal           filing date.

Public Policy questions by petition are filed with the local election official who then certifies the question to the County Clerk.
1.  No later than the last day of Public Question Certification (refer to the State Board of Election Calendar.)
2.  Ballot proof is sent to the local election official for approval before the ballots are printed.

Specific questions about legal requirements for preparing a resolution or petition should be referred to competent legal counsel for the local unit of government, as the County Clerk’s Office cannot give legal advice or refer to Article 28 of the Election Code.

For more information contact us or call (815) 740-4615.