March 15, 2016 General Primary Election
As the Chief Election Authority, the County Clerk's Election Department is responsible for administering all elections (federal, state, county, township, park, library, school and special districts) within Rock Island County. There are 120 precincts with over 88,201 registered voters divided into 38 vote centers under the jurisdiction of the County Clerk. Additional duties of this department include: voter registration, training deputy registrars and election judges; providing vote centers and maintaining lists of precinct committeemen. Also, publishing Candidate's Guides, the Voter Information Guide and the Reference Guide to Rock Island County.
On Election Day the polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Voters who are not able to vote in person may qualify to vote absentee. For further information regarding absentee voting or any other aspects of the election process, contact the Voter Registration/Elections department of the County Clerk's Office at (309) 558-3571.
Grace Period Registration/Voting
This “Grace Period” allows a new voter to register to vote, or to update their registration information during this period at the County Clerk’s Office only and once the voter has registered or updated their registration they must cast their ballot at that time. “Grace Period” voters voting early do not get to cancel their ballot and vote at the polls on election day.
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