Referendum Filing

When certifying a referendum with the County Clerk’s Office, you must fill out the Referenda Filing Receipt before coming into the County Clerk’s Office.

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.

Resolution
A resolution or ordinance is certified by the local election official to the County  Clerk.

✮ 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 Referenda Filing Receipt.

✮ Local Election Official will certify the question to the County Clerk no later than the last day for Public Question Certification.
All criteria must be met before the County Clerk’s Office will accept your referenda filing

1. Does your documentation contain the following?

– Ballot Question & Heading as it is to appear on the ballot
– It specifies which voters will receive this question on their ballot
– Legal Notice to be published and posted at the District & County Clerk’s Office
– Newspaper to publish Legal Notice

2. An electronic copy of the documents have been provided to the County Clerk’s Office.

– In a word document
– Email to elections@willcountyillinois.com
– On a flash drive

3. The Referenda Filing Receipt completely filled out and printed.

✮ Ballot proof will be sent to the local election official for approval before the ballots are printed.

✮ 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.

Petition
Public Policy questions by petition are filed with the local election official who then certifies the question to the County Clerk.

✮ Must be filed with the Local Election Official no later than the filing date – refer to the Referenda Filing Receipt.

✮ Local Election Official will certify the question to the County Clerk no later than the last day for Public Question Certification.
All criteria must be met before the County Clerk’s Office will accept your referenda filing

1. Does your documentation contain the following?

– Ballot Question & Heading as it is to appear on the ballot
– It specifies which voters will receive this question on their ballot
– Legal Notice to be published and posted at the District & County Clerk’s Office
– Newspaper to publish Legal Notice

2. An electronic copy of the documents have been provided to the County Clerk’s Office.

– In a word document
– Email to elections@willcountyillinois.com
– On a flash drive

3. The Referenda Filing Receipt completely filled out and printed.

✮ Ballot proof will be 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.