Shelby County will be doing a voter purge this summer as required by state law. This purge is required every two years after a November general election.

Every registered voter in Shelby County will be getting a new voter registration card. These voter cards will be printed in red ink, to notify the voter this is the most current card. The new voter cards will be mailed on June 26.

The Shelby County CLerk receives a grant from the Illinois State Board of Elections that pays for the costs associated with the purge. The required purge allows Election Authorities to clean up the voter rolls.

By statute, voters that haven’t voted during the preceding four years are “purged.” After 30 days voters whose cards have been returned to us, will be inactivated. This allows us to clear out voters who have moved, changed their names, or passed away. Inactive status requires the voter to re-register to vote.

Voters need to be correctly registered so they are placed in the correct voting districts and voting precinct. With a primary election in March of 2020, now is a good time for residents of Shelby County to check their voter registration for accuracy and notify the Clerk’s office if they notice a problem.

Now is also the time, for those people who are not registered to vote, to get registered!! They can come to the Clerk’s office with two forms of ID, at least one of those must be a photo ID and have their current address. People can also get registered by deputy registrars throughout Shelby County, or go online to the Illinois State Board of Elections website and register.

Shelby County ONLY offers voter registration in the Clerk’s office on Election Day, with polling places throughout the County, voters should not wait until Election Day to check their voter registration! The clerk strongly encourages everyone to get registered to vote NOW so their voter registration is correct for the March 2020 primary election.

Anyone with questions should contact the Shelby County Clerk’s office at 217-774-4421.

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