Voter Admitted to Hospital, Nursing Home or Rehabilitation Center
Any qualified voter that has been admitted to a health care facility (hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation center) not more than 14 days before the election or, if released, is expected to be homebound on the day of the election and unable to travel to the polling place, shall be entitled to personal delivery of a ballot. The following conditions must be met:
1. Voter must obtain an “Application for Ballot for Qualified Voter Admitted to Hospital, Nursing Home or Rehabilitation Center.” The application may be obtained from the Grundy County Clerk’s Office.
2. Voter must complete their section of the application. The voter’s physician must complete and sign the “Certificate of Attending Physician” section of the application.
3. After the application has been completed signed by the voter and their physician, a registered voter from the voter’s precinct or any legal relative can then hand deliver the application to the Grundy County Clerk’s Office.
4. After signing an affidavit, the precinct voter or legal relative may personally hand deliver the ballot to the voter at the health care facility.
5. Once the voter receives the ballot, they will vote the ballot in secret.
6. After voting, the voter deposits the ballot in the ballot return envelope. The voter must complete the certification on the envelope and securely seal the envelope. The precinct voter or legal relative then delivers the ballot back to the Grundy County Clerk’s Office before 7:00 pm on Election Day.
Any qualified voter admitted to a health care facility more than 14 days before the election may request a “Vote by Mail” ballot.
Assistance is the actual casting of votes for a voter in accordance with the vote’s wishes.
Assistance can be given by a friend or relative, but cannot be given by an office or agent of the voter’s employer or the voter’s union.
A candidate whose name appears on the ballot is also prohibited from assisting a physically incapacitated voter unless the candidate is the spouse, parent, child, brother or sister of the incapacitated voter. This would prohibit precinct committeemen from giving assistance in a primary election.
If assistance is given, the name of the person giving assistance must be provided on the certification envelope.
Any further questions, please contact the Grundy County Clerk’s Office at (815) 941-3222, Option 1.