Early voting continues after ballot error corrected
By Jim Hagerty
Early voting has resumed at the Rockford Board of Elections office, after an error on the ballot was discovered Tuesday morning, Oct. 21.
On 241 early ballots, voters are asked to vote for one of three candidates for Winnebago Forest Preserve, which is incorrect. The ballot should ask voters to vote for no more than two candidates. Early voting was suspended from noon until 1:40 p.m., Tuesday, but Board of Elections Executive Director Ken Harper said while the ballots will remain incorrect, the problem has been addressed.
“We are giving special instructions to voters to vote for the two candidates,” Harper said.
The error was discovered while officials were certifying the ballot, marking the second time a problem was discovered surrounding the forest preserve race. Earlier this month, it was discovered the race was omitted altogether. The ballot was then reprinted with the current error.
Early voting runs through Sunday, Nov. 2. Voters can cast early ballots at the Rockford Board of Election Commissioners, 301 S. Sixth St., Rockford.
Voting hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 22-24; 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 25; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 26; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 29-31; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 1; 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3.
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 4. Voting at the board office is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
From the Oct. 22-28, 2014, issue