Election Schedule, Registration, and Polling Places
Elections are held the first Tuesday in April during odd year elections and the first Tuesday in November during even year elections. The deadline for registering to vote is 30 business days before every election. Voter registration is also restricted during the five days after every election. For polling locations, may visit the County Clerk’s webpage. The precincts map for the City of Galena may be accessed below.
How to Run For Office
To run for election for a city position (e.g. mayor, alderperson, or city clerk), you must first file for election in the city clerk’s office located at City Hall, 101 Green Street. (For school, township, county, or library board elections, you must file at each entity’s respective office). While visiting the city clerk’s office to register, you will receive a packet of information, including a petition required to add your name to the ballot. The minimum number of signatures needed for the petition is dependent upon which position you wish to run for and on the number of votes cast in the previous election for that position. All signatures must be from registered voters in order for the petition to be valid. The city clerk will tell you how many signatures are required at the time you pick up the election information.
The person that circulates the petition for election must personally witness and gather the signatures for the petition. Additionally, no spouse may sign for another. Each person must sign for himself or herself. Furthermore, the name on the petition must be signed exactly as it is written on his or her voter’s registration card (e.g. if the voter’s name is ‘Robert’ he cannot write ‘Bob’ on the petition).
For more information about the election process contact the Galena City Clerk at 815.777.1050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.