The Will County Clerk provides information to assist candidates who are seeking elected office in upcoming elections. Information provided is to be used as a guideline. Candidates are advised to seek legal counsel for any campaign concerns. All candidate requirements and deadlines are set forth by the Illinois State Board of Elections. State and Federal candidates should visit elections.il.gov for more information regarding their campaigns.

The Illinois State Board of Elections creates a Candidate’s Guide and an Election and Campaign Finance Calendar for each election cycle. These documents provide guidance on circulating and filing nominating petitions, campaign disclosure requirements, candidate filing periods, and other important dates. Both guides can be accessed through the links below.

2020 State of Illinois Candidate’s Guide
2020 State of Illinois Election and Campaign Finance Calendar

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES FOR THE APRIL 6, 2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020: First day to circulate nominating petitions.
  • Monday, December 14, 2020: First day for candidates to file petitions.
  • Monday, December 21, 2020: Last day for candidates to file petitions.
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2020: Last day for filing objections to nomination papers.
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021: Last day a person may file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate.

UPCOMING ELECTIONS
The following links contain information about candidates, referendum, voting locations, filings, and notifications specific to the upcoming election.



CANDIDATE NOMINATING PETITIONS
The Will County Clerk’s Office provides candidates in upcoming elections with courtesy packets of nominating petition as well as sample petitions. The sample petitions are to serve as guidelines only. Candidates are advised to seek legal counsel if they have specific questions about completing petition packets.
Municipalities, Townships, Park Districts, Library Districts, and Fire Protection Districts click here.

SCHOOL BOARD PETITIONS SIGNED OUT

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES
Write-In candidates must complete a Declaration Of Intent To Be A Write-In Candidate Form no later than 61 days prior to an election.

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS OF ECONOMIC INTEREST
NEW CANDIDATES: Non-incumbent candidates for elective office need to file Statements of Economic Interest on paper. The form is in the nominating petition packet. Candidates may file their Statements of Economic Interest prior to filing their nominating petitions. The Statement of Economic Interest filing receipt should be included with the nominating petition packet.  Statement of Economic Interest

INCUMBENT CANDIDATES: Elected officials who are running for the office they currently hold may submit the filing receipt they received when they submitted their Statements of Economic Interest earlier in the calendar year. They may print a duplicate record of the filing receipt by accessing the link below.
SEI Filing Receipt

PLACING A REFERENDUM ON THE BALLOT
There are two methods for placing a question on the ballot for voters to decide. The governing board for a taxing district may pass a resolution to place the question on the ballot. Or voters in the taxing district may sign and file a petition with the taxing district.

REFERENDUM BY RESOLUTION: A resolution or ordinance must be certified by the local election official to the County Clerk.

  • The resolution must be passed by the last day to adopt a resolution to allow binding public questions to appear on the ballot.
  • The local election official must certify the question to the County Clerk no later than the last day for Public Question Certification.
  • Dates are included on the Referenda Filing Receipt (attachment below) that must be presented to the Will County Clerk when referendum documentation is filed.

Referendum documentation must:

  • Contain the question and heading as it is to appear on the ballot.
  • Specify which voters will receive this question on their ballot.
  • Include a Legal Notice to be published and posted at the offices of both the taxing district and the Will County Clerk.
  • Identify which newspaper in which to publish the Legal Notice.

REFERENDUM BY PETITION: A petition to place a public policy question on the ballot is filed with the taxing district’s local election official who then certifies the question to the Will County Clerk.

  • The petition must be filed with the local election official of the taxing district by the last day to file a petition.
  • The local election official must certify the question to the County Clerk no later than the last day for Public Question Certification.
  • Dates are included on the Referenda Filing Receipt (attachment below) that must be presented to the Will County Clerk when referendum documentation is filed.

Referendum documentation must:

  • Contain the question and heading as it is to appear on the ballot.
  • Specify which voters will receive this question on their ballot.
  • Include a Legal Notice to be published and posted at the offices of both the taxing district and the Will County Clerk.
  • Identify which newspaper in which to publish the Legal Notice.

LEGAL COUNSEL: It is recommended that submitted documentation should be prepared or reviewed by legal counsel. Specific questions about the legal requirements for preparing a resolution or a petition should be referred to an attorney. The Will County Clerk’s Office cannot give legal advice.

REFERENDA FILING RECEIPT: This form must be presented to the Will County Clerk when referendum documentation is filed.

VOTER DATA: CANDIDATES, POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS
The Will County Clerk’s Office will provide political organizations and candidates with voter data lists to be used for political activities. These data lists may only be requested by political organizations and candidates. This data can only be used for political purposes and shall not be used under any circumstances for purposes of commercial solicitation or other business purposes.

The following fees apply:
VOTER HISTORY LIST, EXCEL FILE – $50 base fee plus $1 per precinct

  • Available on flash drive
  • Includes names, addresses, and voting histories of voters
  • Useful as a “Walking List” to collect nominating petition signatures or for campaigning

 VOTER LIST, PRINTED – $2 per precinct

  • Includes only the names and addresses of registered voters
  • County Clerk’s Office will sort by street name or alphabetically by last name
  • Useful as a “Walking List” to collect nominating petition signatures or for campaigning

VOTER HISTORY LIST, PRINTED – $5 per precinct

  • Includes names, addresses, and voting histories of registered voters
  • Shows political parties declared by voters in Primary Elections
  • County Clerk’s Office will sort by street name or alphabetically by last name
  • Available for up to six elections
  • Useful as a “Walking List” to collect nominating petition signatures or for campaigning

VOTER MAILING LABELS – 2 cents per label

  • Available per voter or per household
  • Available for a single precinct or district

TOWNSHIP MAPS – $10 per map
To view maps click here.

POLITICAL DISTRICTS SORTED BY PRECINCT
Click below to view precincts contained within various districts.

CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE
COUNTY BOARD 12th JUDICIAL SUB-CIRCUIT MUNICIPALITIES
TOWNSHIP PARK LIBRARY
GRADE/UNIT SCHOOL SUB DISTRICT GRADE/UNIT  HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGE ROE (Regional Office of Education) FIRE PROTECTION
SANITARY 

HOW TO REQUEST VOTER DATA
Click below to download a Voter Data Order Form.


To submit an order form:

  • Bring order sheet with payment (check or cash) to the Will County Clerk’s Office.
  • Email order sheet to elections@willcountyillinois.com and and receive data when you arrive with payment.
  • Mail order sheet along with payment to: Will County Clerk’s Office,  Attn: Elections, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, IL 60432.

RESTRICTIONS
Illinois State Statute (10 ILCS 5/4-8, 5-7, and 6-35) prohibits the use of voter information for commercial solicitation or other business purposes. Violation of these restrictions is a Class 4 Felony.  

POLLWATCHERS
Pollwatchers are appointed by candidates, political parties, civic organizations, or organized groups that support or oppose a referendum.  Illinois Statute allows Pollwatchers to be present on Election Day at the following times:

  • While the Polling Place is being opened at 5 a.m.
  • During Polling Place hours between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • While the Polling Place is being closed at 7 p.m.

Pollwatchers may observe the election process.  However, they are not allowed to interfere with voting or to touch any election supplies or materials. 

Click below to complete and print a credentials form for Pollwatchers to present Election Judges at each precinct.

The link below provides general information regarding the rights and limitations of Pollwatchers:
Illinois Pollwatchers Brochure  – elections.il.gov

POLITICAL MAPS
The Will County Clerk’s Office provides online maps for the following districts: County Board, Congressional, Illinois Senate, Illinois House, and Judicial Circuits. Township and Precinct maps also are provided. A zoom feature provides more detailed views of these districts. Larger copies of these maps may be purchased from the Will County GIS Division.   Political Maps , Township Precinct Maps