Vote By Mail ballots to be processed through tabulators at two Central Counts scheduled for March 8, March 15


March 1, 2020

Charles B. Pelkie Jr.
(815) 740-4613 (Office)
(779) 702-6337 (Mobile)

Vote By Mail Ballots to be processed through tabulators
during two Central Counts scheduled for March 8, March 15


JOLIET – Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry invites candidates, political parties, and qualified civic organizations to observe as Vote By Mail Ballots received by the County Clerk’s Office are placed into election tabulators during what is called Central Count.

The County Clerk has scheduled two Central Counts to handle expected volume for the 2020 Presidential Primary. The Central Counts will be begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, March 8 and Sunday, March 15 at the Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., in downtown Joliet.

Teams of Election Judges representing both the Republican and Democratic parties will process Vote By Mail Ballots through the tabulators during the Central Counts. The results will be posted online at on Election Day, March 17, shortly after 7 p.m.

Each political party, candidate, and qualified civic organization is entitled to have Pollwatchers present at these Central Counts.  Pollwatchers, however, must have a Pollwatchers Credentials form to present to Election Staff at Central Count. Credentials can be found online at

The last day the Will County Clerk can receive a completed application for a Vote By Mail Ballot through the mail or online is Thursday, March 12. The fastest and most convenient way to submit an application is to complete one online at The applications will be processed and ballots will be mailed no later than the following day.

Voters who use the U.S. Postal Service to request and return completed applications should be aware that the March 12 deadline is rapidly approaching.

All Vote By Mail Ballots received at the Will County Clerk’s Office after the second Central Count with a postmark no later than Election Day, which is March 17, will be counted at the Provisional Count scheduled for Tuesday, March 31.