Last day to register for April 9 election is Tuesday
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain email@example.com March 8, 2013 1:48PM
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:50AM
The last day to register to vote in the April 9 election is Tuesday.
The Will County Clerk’s office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, will be open until 6 p.m. to accommodate people who want to register on the last day.
If you miss that deadline, don’t worry. You can still take part in grace period voting, which allows voters to register and vote at the same time in the county clerk’s office from Wednesday through April 6.
Also, don’t plan on taking part in early voting on Good Friday or Easter weekend, March 29-31. The state Legislature passed a bill last week that allows clerks to be closed that weekend because of the holiday. Instead, early voting hours will be extended on April 3, 4 and 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., to give people extra time to vote.
Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots said the Easter issue arose after the Legislature moved up the consolidated April election to avoid Passover. Last week’s fix should solve all holiday problems, she added.
Even without a holiday, Sunday voting is always light before an election, Voots added, so having longer hours during the work week is a better idea.
“That way people are already out there and on their way home from work,” she said.
The clerk’s office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For information on registering to vote or voting in general, go to www.thewillcountyclerk.com or call 815-740-4620.
Voter Information Guides are being sent through the mail, too, to help voters know where and when to vote.