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December 18, 2018

2/15/2018 1:28:00 PM
Clerk explains early voting with Drury challenge

Crawford County voters can vote early after all, but some might get a "do-over" depending on the outcome of a state candidacy challenge.

Early voting was delayed because of legal wrangling over a would-be Democrat candidate for attorney general. State Rep. Scott Drury's name is on the March 20 Democrat ballot here but could be removed depending on a judge's decision.

In the meantime, anyone who needs to get their vote cast can do so at the Crawford County Clerk's Office in the county annex building. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

However, because the ballot might be changed, the votes can not be processed. All ballots cast will be treated as absentee ballots.

This means the voter will be given an envelope and instructed to seal the ballot inside, Clerk Fayrene Wright explained. Later, if Drury's name is removed, Democrat voters will be given the opportunity to "spoil" their ballots and vote again.

Most counties are handling the situation in a similar manner, although some are allowing Republicans to vote, while treating Democrats differently, Wright said.

"I just don't want that to happen here," she added.

Applications to vote by mail are still available at the clerk's office or through the county clerk's website at

The delay is because Drury is appealing a decision by a Cook County judge to remove him from the Democrat primary ballot for attorney general.

At issue is whether Drury's 2017 statement of economic interest is sufficient for his name to appear on the ballot in the primary.

Drury and his lawyers argue his paperwork was filed within a year, as required. The Illinois State Board of Elections voted 5-3 that he should remain on the ballot. A judge ruled otherwise and Drury appealed.

Besides attorney general, votes will help select candidates for offices such as governor, state representative, county clerk, county board and sheriff. They will also elect precinct committeemen during the primary.

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