DeKalb County residents who were planning to register to vote on Tuesday’s Election Day may need to change where they go to register because election judges have quit at the last minute, forcing two registration sites to close.
The centers that were supposed to be open for a resident to register to vote, change their name or change their address – DeKalb Township Building, 2323 S. 4th St., DeKalb, and the Gallery Lounge at Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Ave., DeKalb – will be closed on Election Day, according to a public notice by Douglas Johnson, DeKalb County’s clerk and recorder.
Johnson said the closures are because election judges have quit at the last minute.
“Some called in who aren’t feeling well,” Johnson said. “Luckily we have a good amount of people asking ‘how can we help?'”
Johnson said college students who are back in DeKalb County from their spring break, who used to be election judges when they were in high school, are asking if they can fill the spots of those who quit.
“It’s good to see people step up,” Johnson said.
He said he didn’t know the exact number of judges who quit, but he did say it was less than 10.
Johnson said having less than 10 is not that many.
“Every year we have to have 325 [election judges],” Johnson said.
Johnson assured that the polling sites are clean and that the county is following the guidance it has gotten from the DeKalb County Health Department, that each of the polling sites have sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer.
“We’ve not heard any other directions,” he said.
However, residents can still register to vote on Election Day at other locations, including at your home precinct or at the Sycamore Administration Building, 110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore, the notice states.
For further details call 815-895-7147, or go to DeKalb County’s voting website, https://voteranow.com, or the DeKalb County clerk and recorder website at http://dekalb.il.clerkserve.com/.
This story has been updated to include comments from Johnson explaining the closures.
Source: The Daily Chronicle