Sangamon County Clerk Don Gray isn’t hazarding a guess about turnout in Tuesday’s special primary to pick candidates to take the seat vacated by former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock in the 18th Congressional District. “I’m even hesitant to say because of the uniqueness of it all,” Gray said Monday. … Gray did say that Sangamon County has done the work to meet a legal requirement that will allow voters to register or update their voter registration with a change of address or name at their polling place. They will then be able to cast a ballot at that polling place. For same-day registration, Gray noted, people will need two forms of identification, including one showing their current address.
… Gray said the cost to Sangamon County to put on the primary is about $100,000, and he expects a like amount could be spent for the special general election, scheduled for Sept. 10. In all, he put the cost at $200,000 to $250,000.
Sangamon County officials have not done as those in some other counties, formally asking that Schock’s campaign fund reimburse costs of staging the election.
“We’d love to have reimbursement,” Gray said, but consultation with offices of the county board and state’s attorney show there are “no real legal teeth” to make the Schock campaign pay.