JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. (KFVS) - The Jackson County Courthouse will only allow necessary personnel inside while votes are being tabulated due to recently implemented COVID-19 mitigations.
Necessary personnel include staff, poll watchers and media.
The courthouse will be closed to the public starting at 7 p.m. on Election Day, when the polls close. All voters in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast their ballot.
On October 22, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health implemented mitigations for Region 5, including Jackson County, due to increasing positivity rates in the region.
According to the county clerk’s office, the decision was made to close the courthouse at 7 p.m. after many conversations with the Jackson County Health Department, the Jackson County Board Chairman Keith Larkin and Jackson County Sheriff Robert Burns.
He said many citizens traditionally visit the courthouse to watch the election totals in real time.