County Clerk: Vote by Mail, again!
The follow is based on email received from Aaron Ammons, Champaign County Clerk.
Yes, we just finished an election but it's already time for another one! There is a Consolidated Primary Election on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021. Consolidated elections are focused on municipalities, villages, councils, school boards, and many other very important local government bodies. This election is just as important as the presidential.
This is your opportunity to determine who represents you on crucial matters like local taxes, school board policies, economic development strategy, and much more. Please request your vote by mail ballot now to ensure your voice is heard.
Champaign County Clerk Aaron Ammons has posted preliminary 2021 primary election information on the Clerk's website:
Where is there a primary election February 23?
Who can vote in these primaries? Registered and eligible voters in the cities of Champaign and Urbana.
What are voters' options for this election?
Candidate filing periods have not ended, so this information may be updated.
This information was adapted from a County Clerk Twitter post.
The County Clerk's website archives historical data from 1969 through the November 3, 2020 election. Click on County Summary or Precinct Results to see all the data for the November 3 general election.
Below are some excerpts from a News Gazette summary of local election turnout, by Tom Kacich.
"President-elect Joe Biden got the greatest number of votes by any presidential candidate in the county’s history — 57,028. Part of the reason for Biden’s big number is the county’s population growth and the enormous turnout on Nov. 3 (75.2 percent, or 96,137 of 127,848 registered voters).
"In Champaign this year, Biden outpolled Donald Trump by about 3-to-1, 26,731 to 8,799. In Urbana Biden got 12,653 votes to Trump’s 2,722. In the rural and suburban areas of Champaign County, Trump got 23,757 votes to 17,644 for Biden. That was closer than four years ago, when Trump had 21,614 to 13,810 for Hillary Clinton.
"The county results also showed that only about 27 percent of voters cast their ballots in person on Election Day. The greatest number voted in person but before Election Day (43.5 percent), while about 29 percent voted by mail.
"A retabulation of six randomly chosen precincts and an early-voting site as required by the state board of elections turned up no changes in vote totals."
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