Early voting for the March 15 primary election is likely to be delayed due to problems getting ballots ready at the state level. Voting set to start Feb. 4 might be pushed as state officials process pending objections against presidential candidates, according to a joint release from the McLean County Clerk’s office and Bloomington Election Commission. “It is possible ballots may be available on or before Feb. 17. If so, we will notify the public immediately by alerting all media sources, as well as posting on our websites,” according to the release.
County Clerk Kathy Michael and Cathie Haab, BEC assistant executive director, stressed that early voters — a growing percentage of all voters — will still have plenty of options. Those include requesting a mail-in ballot and voting in person between Feb. 17 and March 14.
“This is the earliest early voting that has ever been set, so I don’t know that it’s on folks’ radar screen,” Michael said. “It will be an irritant to some.”