CANDIDATES MAY BEGIN FILING NOMINATING PETITIONS
ON MONDAY, DEC. 14 FOR 2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
JOLIET – Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry reminds candidates who wish to appear on the ballot for the 2021 Consolidated Election that they may begin filing their nominating petitions starting on Monday, Dec. 14.
Candidates for local School Boards may file their petitions starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday with the Will County Clerk’s Office at 302 N. Chicago St. in downtown Joliet.
All other candidates for village boards, city councils, park boards, library boards, fire district boards, and other districts must file their petitions with the clerks in those respective districts.
The weeklong filing period at the Will County Clerk’s Office will close promptly at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21.
Petitions can be filed in person at the Will County Clerk’s Office or mailed to 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet IL 60432. Petitions received in the mail before Dec. 14 will not be accepted. In addition, petitions sent by mail will not be accepted if they arrive at the Will County Clerk’s Office after 5 p.m. on Dec. 21.
On the first day of filing, the doors to the Will County Office Building will be unlocked at 7:30 a.m. for filing candidates only. The Will County Office Building was ordered closed last month due to the COVID-19 pandemic but it will be open for this limited purpose.
All filers must wear a protective mask and will be required to wait in a
socially distanced line in compliance with public health guidelines.
Only the filer will be allowed into the building.
The Will County Clerk’s Office will open its doors at 8 a.m. Filing will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Staff notaries will be available to notarize petitions prior to filing or during the filing process. Staff also will be available to file required Statements of Economic Interest.
Candidates for the same office who are waiting in line at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of filing will qualify for a Simultaneous Filing Lottery to determine whose name will be placed first on the ballot. Candidates whose petitions are received through the mail on the first day of filing also will qualify for the Simultaneous Filing Lottery.
On Dec. 21, the Will County Clerk’s Office will remain open until 5 p.m. for candidates who are filing petitions. Those who file petitions between 4-5 p.m. will qualify for placement in a Simultaneous Filing Lottery to determine whose name will appear in the last space on the ballot.
The Simultaneous Filing Lottery will be held at 9 a.m., Dec. 29 at the Will County Clerk’s Office. Candidates, their representatives, or members of the public are welcome to attend the lottery pursuant to social distancing guidelines. However, candidates are not required to attend.
The Simultaneous Filing Lottery will be held in compliance with Illinois State Board of Elections Rules and Regulations (as codified under the Illinois Administrative Procedures Act), Title 26, Chapter 1, Section 201.40.
The Will County Clerk’s Office also will have information on the lottery available during the petition filing period.
For more information about petition filing for the Consolidated Election, visit the Will County Clerk’s website at www.willcountyclerk.gov/april-6-2021-consolidated-election/.