JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - The Jackson County, Illinois Clerk's Office is bringing some invalid election information to the attention of voters.
According to Clerk Larry W. Reinhardt, it was brought to the office's attention that a campaign or candidate has been announcing on the radio and/or social media that on Election Day non-registered voters can enter a polling place and demand to vote.
Reinhardt said in Illinois, event in Federal Election years, only active military personnel can vote without being previously registered.
As in most states, only registered voters in Illinois can cast a ballot on Election Day and have it counted.
Reinhardt said this is why the availability of Grace Period registration is vitally important leading up to Election Day.
At this time, any voter who forgot to register or has failed to update their previous registration can still come to the Jackson County Clerk's Office with two forms of ID to complete the Grace Period registration and voting process. Doing so allows a citizen to cast a valid ballot in this General Election regardless of their current registration status.
The Jackson County Clerk's Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 for Grace Period registration and early voting.
They say they will also be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day for Grace Period registration and voting.
The Clerk's Office asks that anyone with registration or voting questions to get information from a credible source such as your local County Clerk's Office.
In Jackson County, that number is 618-687-7366.