Petition packets for general primary election

Petition packets for candidates who wish to run in the General Primary Election to be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 will be available on September 5th, in the office of Cathy Jenkins, Vermilion County Clerk.  Packets may be picked up between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Packets will NOT be handed out prior to the first day petitions may be circulated.

The first day petitions for established political parties may be circulated is Tuesday, September 5.  Petition packets must be filed with the Vermilion County Clerk beginning Monday, November 27 at 8 a.m. thru Monday, December 4, by 5 p.m.  The order in which candidates file will determine their placement on the ballot.  In the event two candidates file for the same office and are of the same party, a lottery will be held at a later date and time to determine ballot placement.

Local offices to be nominated at the March 20, 2018 General Primary Election include County Treasurer, County Clerk, County Sheriff, Supervisor of Assessments, Regional Superintendent of Schools, Board of Review Members, and County Board Members.  Precinct Committeepersons will be elected at the General Primary Election.

Federal, state and judicial offices will also be on the ballot.  Information and necessary forms for those offices may be found on the State Board of Elections’ website,  The candidate who receives the highest vote total in each political party for each office in the primary will be on the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot.

Materials for New Political Party Candidates and Independent Candidates will be available beginning March 27, 2018.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Light, Chief Deputy/Supervisor of Elections at 217/554-1911 or via email at  


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