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Livingston County voters should check their mail for new registration cards

Registered voters should receive cards by Dec. 17

Registered voters in Livingston County will be receiving new voter registration cards during the next couple of weeks.

As required by law, the county clerk’s office is in the process of completing a purge of Livingston County voters. County Clerk Kristy Masching said a purge is done to help maintain voter registrations by keeping them current and up-to-date, to eliminate voters that are deceased, or have moved from Livingston County.

Masching urges voters to check their voter’s card and familiarize themselves with their districts and polling locations, as some changes may have occurred. (Because of litigation cases involving the newly-drawn state legislative district maps the district numbers have been left off the cards this year.) Voters should sign their new card and destroy the old card.

Masching is asking for voter’s assistance in returning voter registration cards delivered to individuals that no longer live at the address where the card was delivered. Should a household receive a voter ID card for a member of their family or for an individual that once resided at that address, but no longer does, mark on the voter ID card “not at this address.” If you know the address where the individual has moved to, place that on the card. Place the card in the mail to be returned to the county clerk’s office. No additional postage is required. It is important these cards be returned to the clerk’s office and not just destroyed, nor should they be given to the person listed on the card that does not live in that household. If the addressee on the card is deceased, notify the county clerk’s office in writing. The sole purpose of a purge is to have correct voter data for the election process.

Also, if an individual’s address has been changed by municipality or post office action, inform the county clerk’s office of said changes. Masching said if a person had a rural route box number that was changed by 9-1-1 addressing but their new voter card reflects an incorrect address her office needs to be informed.

Registered voters who did not receive a voter’s card by Friday, Dec. 17, should notify the county clerk’s office at 815-844-2006.

Masching said the next election will be the general primary June 28. If an individual is not registered to vote, now is the time to do so. Registration may be done 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the county clerk’s office. Go to www.livingstoncountyil.gov (County Services, County Clerk, Elections) for online registration and additional election information.