It is the mission of the County Clerk's Office to conduct
all elections in a fair, accurate, impartial and efficient manner. The
County Clerk's Office will preserve all election results and make said
files accessible to all people. Said office will accurately maintain all
filings and records as mandated by law.
Phone: 815-235-8289 · Fax: 815-235-8378
|General PrimaryThird Tuesday in March
ElectionFirst Tuesday After the First Monday of November
||Consolidated Primary, Freeport City (if required)Last
Tuesday in February
Consolidated ElectionFirst Tuesday in April following
Absentee Voting Instructions
In-person absentee voting will be conducted at the lower level of the
Stewart Centre, 50 West Douglas Street, Freeport, Illinois 61032
Stephenson County Clerk's Office
50 W. Douglas St., Suite 500
Freeport, IL 61032
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Persons may apply for an absentee ballot by mail or in person at the
election authority's office located at the Stephenson County Clerk's Office
, Stewart Centre, 50 W. Douglas St., Suite 500, Freeport, IL 61032.
Applications for absentee voting may be obtained by calling 815-235-8289
or writing to the office of County Clerk's Office , 50 W. Douglas St.,
Suite 500, Freeport, IL 61032.
Not all persons qualify to vote by absentee ballot.
To vote by absentee ballot in Illinois a person must be a registered
voter and unable to vote in person at the polls on Election Day for one
of the following reasons:
- You expect to be absent from the county on Election Day (if you have
questions regarding this category please contact the election authority's
- Physically incapable of going to the polling place
- Observing a religious holiday
- Certain election duties such as judge of election outside of home
- Serving as a sequestered juror
If you have any questions regarding the above qualifications, please
contact the election authority's office at 815-235-8289.
As a safeguard to absentee voting the following provisions are
A candidate whose name is on the ballot is prohibited
from assisting a physically disabled absentee voter unless the candidate
is the spouse, parent, brother or sister of the voter
Also, no one other than the absentee voter, a parent,
spouse, brother, sister or delivery service may deposit the absentee
ballot in the mail.
A voter who was issued an absentee ballot (whether
they voted it or not) may, upon execution of the proper affidavit,
revoke his ballot and vote in person on Election Day
Individuals who register to vote by mail must vote
in person the first time they vote. Therefore any person, who
registered by mail, who has never voted in Stephenson County before,
and is requesting an absentee ballot must vote in person at the Stephenson
County Clerk's Office, with one exceptionany voter who is voting
under the provisions of the uniformed and overseas citizens absentee
voting act who registered by mail may vote absentee by mail.
Further information may be obtained by calling 815-235-8289 or the Illinois
State Board of Election at 217-782-4141 in Springfield or 312-814-6440
Judge of Elections
||What is a judge of election?
|Judges of election are responsible for the administration of election
procedures in the poling place on election day. They are in the position
of ensuring that the election process is administered fairly and in
accordance with our laws.
||What are the qualifications necessary to be an election judge?
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be of good repute and character
- Be able to speak, read and write the English language
- Be skilled in the four fundamental rules of mathematics
- Be of good understanding and capable
- Not be a candidate for any office in the election and not be
||What are some of the duties of judges of election?
An election judge has the responsibility to
- Open and close the polls
- Safeguard all election materials
- Ensure that only qualified voters are permitted to vote and
that each qualified voter is permitted to vote once and only once
- Ensure that all votes are cast in secret
- Give instructions in the method of voting when requested by
- Give assistance to illiterate and physically disabled voters
- Maintain order in the polling place throughout the day
- Tally the vote after the polls are closed
- Certify the election results in that precinct
||How may I become a judge of elections?
|Fill out the application form and mail it to the County Clerk's
Office at the address on the top of the form. The Clerk's Office will
contact you once the application has been processed.
Register to vote at the County Clerk's Office, which is open Monday through
Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The law requires registered voters to keep their name and address current.
You cannot vote for local candidates if you are not properly registered.
You cannot vote on any local propositions if you are not properly
registered. Please contact the County Clerk's Office at 815-235-8289,
if you have changed your name and/or address and have not yet notified
the County Clerk's Office.
Remember, it is your right to vote!
Please Do Not Forfeit That Right!
Stephenson County registered voters who do not have a voter's
registration card, or who have a question regarding their registration,
should contact the County Clerk's Office at 815-235-8289.