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Democratic ballot still not available for early voters

By Vinde Wells

Ogle County voters who wish to cast an early ballot in the March 20 Illinois Democratic Primary Election will have to wait at least a little longer.

Early voting began two weeks ago, but the State Board of Elections could not certify the Democratic ballot due to the pending objection of Democratic candidate Scott Drury for the office of Illinois Attorney General.

A Cook County judge ruled Feb. 2 that Drury’s name could not appear on the Democratic Primary ballot because of questions over the filing of his economic interest disclosure statement.

Drury appealed the ruling.

County Clerk Laura Cook said the matter was finally resolved in Drury’s favor on Feb. 16, but Democratic ballots are still not available for early voters.

“They resolved it Friday afternoon,” Cook said Tuesday. “But we’re waiting for our vendor to get us the information.”

That information is needed to print the ballots.

The dilemma has not, however, affected the Republican ballot.

Early voting, which is conducted at the Ogle County Courthouse, began as usual on Feb. 8 for the Republican Primary.

Cook said early voters who request a Democratic ballot will not be turned away.

They can sign a vote by mail application, and the ballot will then be mailed to them once it is available and voting machines have been tested, she said.

Another option is that Cook’s staff can call voters who wish to return to the courthouse to cast their ballots.

For more information go to Cook’s website at or call her office at 815-732-1110.

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