City of Bloomington, Illinois
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March 19, 2014
Voter turnout by times of day on March 18, 2014:
10 a.m.; 12 noon; 2 p.m.; 4 p.m.; 7 p.m.

March 16, 2014
707 Early voters and 558 absentee ballots returned.

March 13, 2014
Reminder: As instituted by statute in 2010, voting tabulators will alert voters who undervote (no ovals marked) in statewide constitutional office races (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer.)  In such case, voters may choose to have the tabulator accept the ballot as marked, or may review and change the ballot.  It is NOT required that the voter vote in any races for the ballot to count.

March 11, 2014
Total registered voters to date = 45,323.  Early voters = 412.  Absentee ballots returned = 417.

January 10, 2014
List of which precincts are in Congressional Districts 13 and 18, State Representative Districts 44 and 105, and County Board Districts 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 here. Total registered voters to date = 45,086.

November 6, 2012 - 5:00 a.m.
Voter registration count today = 46,086.  Early voting turnout = 4760.  Absentee ballots returned = 2033.  Absentee ballots outstanding (not yet returned) = 461.

April 1, 2011
Registered voters as of March 29, 2011 = 44,511

March 29, 2011
Precincts have been clustered into Zones for the Consolidated Election of April 5, 2011.  The ward contests are in the following Zones:

Ward 2 in Zones 1, 2, 4, and 22.
Ward 4 in Zones 6, 9, 10, and 12.
Ward 6 in Zones 2, 4, and 6.
Ward 8 in Zones 9, 12, 16, and 17.

Registered voters as of March 29, 2011 = 44,513

November 4, 2010, 9:00 a.m.
Absentee counts:
Early voters 1590
Grace voters 89; 10 not returned
Hospital 2
In person absentee 184
Mail/nursing home 1107; 105 not returned
Military overseas 16; 13 not returned
Military USA 47; 22 not returned
Overseas citizens 41; 29 not returned


October 28, 2010
44,020 registered voters as of 10/26/2010.

October 20, 2010
Press/media information on precincts, districts, voter counts, click here.  Final voter counts will appear on Election Results zero reports beginning Oct. 28, 2010.

Jan. 1, 2010
New election information for 2010
~Voting tabulators will alert voters who undervote (no ovals marked) in statewide constitutional office races (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Comptroller, and Treasurer.)  In such case, voters may choose to have the tabulator accept the ballot as is, or may review and change the ballot.  It is NOT required that the voter vote in any races for the ballot to count.
~New law provides that absentee ballots may be requested without excuse.

Dec. 1, 2009
Voter registration closes January 5
Voter registration for the General Primary Election on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 will close at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5, 2010.

All persons who are or will be 18 years old on or before the General Primary Election on February 2, 2010, and are not now registered, and those who must change their names or addresses, and wish to vote may register in person at the Board of Election Commissioners’ office, 115 E. Washington St. Room 403, or the McLean County Clerk’s office, 115 E. Washington St. Room 102, Bloomington, IL, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on the following Saturdays in the Board of Election Commissioners’ office only:  December 12, 19, 26, 2009, and January 2, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

Voter registration is also taken at the Bloomington Public Library at 205 E. Olive St. during their regular business hours.

Please bring two forms of identification with you, one with your name and current address and one with your name.

September 1, 2009
New precinct lines have been drawn in the City of Bloomington.  During the summer of 2009, all registered voters in Bloomington received new voter registration cards with information on their new precincts.  The cards were sent in the months of June through August in several mailings.  Please look at your new card carefully.  Old voter cards may be discarded when you receive a new one.  If you do not receive your new voter card by the end of September 2009, please call the office at 309-888-5136 to check your current voter status.  


November 13, 2003
Good-bye, Chad ~ Hello, Optical Scan M100
Chad has finally retired.  He was honored at an open house at the Election Commission offices attended by 100 people on Thursday, November 13, 2003, where the new optical scan voting systems were also introduced.  Chad’s contract with the Bloomington Board of Election Commissioners started in December 1967.  A press conference was held in January of 1968 to announce his arrival and he held his first official public demonstration for the press, city and county officials, and the leaders of the political parties. 

His first election was a school board election in April 1968.  Everything went smoothly except the voters tried to use the pencils to punch the cards and of course the lead broke off in the device and jammed the machine.   

The voters liked the new system and Chad knew he’d found a home and was here to stay.  It was never his fault that a voter may feel embarrassed to ask for help.  It wasn’t his fault that a voter may have used the pencil to try to punch the number of his favorite candidate and jammed the machine.  It wasn’t his fault that the voter didn’t look at his ballot to verify that all holes were punched cleanly and correctly.  It was never his fault that the wrong hole may have been punched.  He always did his best. 

Well, many years have passed and after some problems at the presidential election in 2000, new election systems have come to take his place.  Even Uncle Sam has lost faith in him.  He served us well in the City of Bloomington.  We had few problems.  He was part of years of non-partisan, successful, and accurate elections.  The voters were confident in his ability to perform well and comfortable with his procedures. 

We must say goodbye to him today and wish him well in his retirement.

11/13/2003
The Help America Vote Act
(HAVA) requires election authorities across the nation to replace punch card and lever machine voting.  The Bloomington Board of Elections has chosen to replace punch cards with an optical scan system after demonstrations of optical scan and touch screen equipment at the McLean County Fair and the judge of election appreciation dinner.  The public was surveyed and judges of election voted for the system they liked best.

After seeking proposals from both state-certified vendors for the optical scan equipment the Board has chosen to purchase 26 Model 100 Optical Scanners and voting system from Election Systems and Software for $174,975. 

The Board, in anticipation of this purchase and the required future purchase (by January, 2006) of HAVA-compliant equipment that is accessible to individuals with disabilities, has set aside funds from past budget years for this purpose.  HAVA grant money, in the amount of $3,192 for each precinct used at the November 2000 election, is available upon completion of the contract for new equipment with the filing of an application to the State Board of Elections. 

The expected $130,881 grant will cover most of the first part of the mandated HAVA punch card replacement.  By January 2006 the Board must have in place at least one voting unit that will allow the visually impaired to vote unassisted.  These units are an additional $3,700 each. 

"Administering fair, accurate, nonpartisan elections in the City of Bloomington, Illinois since 1914."

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Monday-Friday
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