Voters have municipal, township, school district, library and park district offices to fill in the consolidated election on Tuesday, April 6.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election day, and Montgomery County Clerk Sandy Leitheiser assures voters that Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) pandemic guidelines will be followed to keep the process safe.
“We certainly appreciate our dedicated election judges who are prepared to make sure all voters are welcomed to a COVID-safe environment at the polling places,” Leitheiser stated.
Election judge training this year included guidance on frequently cleaning touchable surfaces in the polling places and managing voter traffic flow to allow for social distancing. Election judges will be required to wear masks, practice good hand hygiene, and will be provided with face shields, gloves and hand sanitizers.
By state law, voters will not be required to wear a mask when voting. However, they will be encouraged to do so per IDPH guidelines and extra masks will be available for any voter who needs a mask. Leitheiser warns voters that all masks and apparel worn must be free from campaign slogans or candidate names, since “no electioneering” laws must be followed at polling places.
Voters will have contested races to decide in six of the 20 municipalities in Montgomery County–Donnellson, Litchfield, Nokomis, Taylor Springs, Waggoner and Witt–and in eight of the 18 townships–Audubon, Bois D’Arc, Grisham, Hillsboro, Nokomis, Pitman, Raymond and South Litchfield.
In addition, there are contested races for Hillsboro School Board and the Litchfield Library District, and voters in Nokomis Township will decide whether or not they want to levy a cemetery tax.
Due to pandemic public gathering restrictions, access to the Historic Courthouse on election night will be limited to returning election judges and authorized personnel, but up-to-the-minute county election results will be available online at montgomeryco.com.