2019 Champaign-Urbana April Municipal Election: How, Where, When to Vote
There’s nothing more local than the April elections. From school boards to park districts to city government, there is something for everyone. From Champaign to Urbana, Mahomet to Savoy, Rantoul and more – there is a race that will impact you.
The main goal of this article is to make it as easy as possible for Champaign County voters to cast their ballots in the April 2 municipal elections, whether you vote early – it’s possible to do it RIGHT NOW! – or on Election Day itself. Read below to find out where, how, and when you can vote.
And don’t forget to get the kids involved, too. Voting is exciting! Take them to the polls. They’ll love going into the booth with you — I know mine do! Early voting is a great way to do this (and there’s stickers, too).
So, what’s up for grabs?
All elections are important, but here is a condensed list of contested municipal races in Champaign County. An independent resource to learn about the candidates can be found at VoteChampaign.org; read candidate questionnaires and find more information about each individual.
- City of Champaign Mayor and City Council
These are non-partisan races, meaning you won’t see a D or R next to anyone’s names on the ballots.
- Mayor Deb Feinen is up for re-election, running against Azark Cobb.
- There are three City Council seats open, with a crowded field of eight candidates. All are at-large seats, meaning that anyone in the city votes on them (the five districted seats are voted on in another election cycle). Candidates for this seat are Tom Bruno, Matthew Gladney, Will Kyles (all incumbents); and Andrew Christensen, Kenton A. Elmore, Michael La Due, Pattsi Petrie and Jon Paul Youakim.
- School Board Elections: Multiple Area Districts
- This is also School Board election season, with many seats coming up for election this April. Unlike in years past, there are contested races for Champaign Unit 4 Schools Board of Education and at Urbana School District 116 Board of Education seats. There are also contested races in Rantoul School District 193; Rantoul School District 137; and St. Joseph-Ogden School District 305.
A closer look at some districts that have contested races:
- Champaign Unit 4 Schools Board of Education
- Four seats are open, four-year team. On the ballot: Amy Armstrong (incumbent), Jennifer Enoch, Michael Follmer, Sergio Gonzalez, Chris Kloeppel (incumbent), Lee McDonald, Alicia R. Robinson, Kathy Shannon (incumbent), Elizabeth Sotiropoulos.
- Mahomet-Seymour School District 3 Board of Education
- REGION 1 (20N 7E): Two seats are open. On the ballot: Meghan Hennesy, Lance Raver (incumbent), Colleen Schultz, and Jason Tompkins.
- REMAINING AREA: Two seats are open. On the ballot: Julie Cebulski, Jeremy Henrichs (incumbent), Ken Keefe, and Jenny Park (incumbent),
- Urbana School District 116 Board of Education
- Sub District 4: One seat open. On the ballot: Karie Brown-Tess and Anne Hall (incumbent)
- Sub District 6: One seat open. On the ballot: Felipe Menanteau and Paul Poulosky (incumbent)
When is Election Day?
Remember, Election Day is on Tuesday, April 2. However, early voting is already available for this election, so vote when it’s convenient for you. Early voting is a great way to bring the kids – typically no lines, and you can do it on your time, even over the weekend (we’ll get back to that later).
Here’s the fine print on early voting: “Any voter validly registered in Champaign County may vote at ANY early voting location during the early voting period, however, any vote cast is final, and may not be revoked, and the voter is not eligible to cast a vote on election day.”
How does early voting work in Champaign County?
Ballots are printed for each person, so the individual’s ballot includes races tied to his/her address of record. Grace Period Registration and Voting will be available at all Early Voting locations. So that means, you can register to vote – and vote thereafter – at early voting locations.
You can even vote on Saturday and Sunday right before the election. How awesome is that?
Where do I vote early in Champaign County?
Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana (Map). Free parking is available and this is accessible by CUMTD. Go the Office of the Champaign County Clerk.
- Wednesday, March 27 through Friday, March 29: weekdays 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
- Saturday, March 30: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Sunday, March 31: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Monday, April 1 5: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Early voting locations (see below) other than the Office of the County Clerk are open:
- March 27- March 29: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Saturday March 30: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Sunday, March 31: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Monday, April 1: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
- University of Illinois campus: Illini Union, Pine Lounge, First Floor, 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana – Map
- North Champaign: The Church of the Living God, 312 E. Bradley, Champaign – Map
- West Champaign: Leonhard Recreation Center, 2307 Sangamon Drive, Champaign – Map
- Southwest Champaign: Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign – Map
- Mahomet: Lake of the Woods Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet – Map
- Rantoul: The Gathering Place (First United Methodist Church), 200 S. Century Blvd, Rantoul – Map
- St. Joseph: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 802 East Douglas, St. Joseph – Map
- Tolono Public Library
Here is a link to complete early voting location and time information for Champaign County.
Where’s My Polling Place on Election Day? What district am I in? How do I know if I am registered to vote?
On Election Day voters have an assigned location. The Champaign County Clerk’s office website offers a personalized tool that helps voters find out where to cast their ballot, view a sample ballot, view what districts you vote in — all in one fell swoop. For a list of all polling places in Champaign County, click on this link.
What time can I vote on General Election Day?
All polling places in Illinois are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, April 2. Early voting locations times vary and are listed above.
What should I bring with me?
Generally, no identification is required to vote at the polls on election day, unless you are a first-time voter. But if you registered by mail and didn’t provide required ID on the application, they might question it. If you are concerned at all about your identification, here are acceptable forms of ID according to the County Clerk website:
- a current and valid photo ID
- a current utility bill
- bank statement
- government check
- a student ID along with a lease or other government document that shows name and address
If you don’t live in Champaign County, you can go the Illinois Board of Elections website and get the same info.
If you’re looking for info about Piatt County: piattcounty.org/voting.html
If you’re looking for info about Douglas County: www.douglascountyil.com/circuitclerk.html
If you’re looking for info about Vermilion County: www.co.vermilion.il.us/coclerk_election_info.htm
No matter what, we all need to make sure we raise our voices. So go vote!
Hey, you’ll even get a sticker. Who doesn’t love stickers?