The 2012 General Primary Election is coming quickly. While there will be no City of St. Charles candidates or issues on the ballot, all St. Charles residents should educate themselves before casting their ballot.
The primary election will include races for:
- County Board Chairman
- State Representative
- State Senator
- U.S. Congress
Because Illinois has a "partisan primary" system, voters must select either a "Democrat" or "Republican" ballot. What this means is that you cannot vote for Democrat and Republican candidates during the primary—you must choose one or the other. As an example, you cannot vote for both Kevin Burns and Sue Klinkhamer or Chris Lauzen and Bill Sarto. You must choose one party and then choose one candidate.
One of the complicating factors about the 2012 primary is that many of the districts were changed after the 2010 census results were finalized.
At the federal level, St. Charles has been part of the 14th Congressional District for many years. Under the new map, St. Charles will be split into two Congressional districts—the 14th District and the 6th District.
At the state level, St. Charles is currently divided into two Senate districts and two House districts. Under the new map, St. Charles is split into three House districts—the 49th, 50th, and 65th. St. Charles will continue to be represented by two State Senators—the 25th and 33rd districts.
I found this nifty online application that you can use to overlay the old map with the new map to find out what districts you reside in.
St. Charles is split into three County Board districts—District 12, District 13, and District 14. A copy of the approved map for Kane County can be found here.
The schedule for the 2012 primary election is as follows:
Last Day to Register to Vote: Tuesday, Feb. 21
Absentee Voting Period: Thursday, Feb. 9 to Monday, March 19
Early Voting Period: Monday, Feb. 27 to Thursday, March 15
2012 General Primary: Tuesday, March 20
I urge all St. Charles residents to identify their voting districts well in advance of the election and get educated on the candidates before casting their ballot.