In conjunction with the Boone County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Illinois State Board of Elections, our office is taking extra precautions on voting day to protect the health and safety of our residents.
We have moved three voting locations original scheduled at senior living facilities to alternative locations and notified the appropriate constituents through mail, signs and use of social media.
Heritage Woods (Precinct Belvidere 16) has moved to the Poplar Grove Airport, 5151 Orth Rd, Poplar Grove.
Parkside Manor Recreation (Precinct Belvidere 5) has moved to the VFW Post 1461
1310 W. Lincoln Ave, Belvidere Shadley Apartments (Precinct Belvidere 9) has moved to the Boone County Board Room, 1212 Logan Ave, Belvidere
We are hand delivering ballots to many of our seniors residing in long-term or assisted living facilities.
We are instructing all our election day judges on routinely cleaning the voting equipment and being vigilant in washing their hands and using hand sanitizer. We have instructed election day staff to:
o Stay at home if they have fever, respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) or believe you are sick.
o Practice hand hygiene frequently throughout the day by washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, they have been instructed to use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer available to them.
o Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or use your elbow. In addition, we are doing the following at our polling locations:
o Practicing routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces in election polling locations such as tables, chairs, doorknobs and light switches. o Routinely cleaning and disinfecting voting equipment.
o Providing each polling place with hand sanitizer, antibacterial wipes, touch screen wipes, stylus pens to be used on the touchscreens, gloves and signs reminding voters to wash their hands after voting.
Julie A. Stapler Boone County Clerk & Recorder