Voting and Election Information
In 1977, the voters of the City of Aurora chose by referendum to conduct the City's municipal elections on a non-partisan basis. Elections for City officers are held in April of odd-numbered years, and are preceded by a February non-partisan primary election whenever four or more candidates qualify for nomination to any one office. Aurora voters elect the Mayor and the members of the City Council, while the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council, appoints the City Clerk and the Treasurer.
The City of Aurora is divided among four different counties and each County Clerk serves as the chief election authority that administers elections within each county's territory. The Aurora City Clerk serves as the "local election official" for the City of Aurora.
The following is NOT legal advice and it is provided for informational and reference purposes only. Please consult legal counsel regarding specific campaign-related questions.
You may register to vote via the Illinois Voter Application Website: https://ova.elections.il.gov/ . You may also verify that you are registered to vote by using the Registration Lookup tool: https://ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx. Additional information about grace-period registration and voting, and early voting dates and locations are available on the Illinois Board of Elections website in addition to the individual websites of the Election Authorities (listed below).
City residents can also register to vote at any County Clerk office in Illinois. The City of Aurora is in four counties. To find out more information regarding early voting, voting options and overall election questions, please contact the following:
Kane County Clerk
719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg. B, Geneva, IL 60134 and 5 E. Downer Place, Suite F, Aurora, IL 60507
DuPage County Election Commission
421 N. County Farm Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187
Will County Clerk
302 North Chicago Street, Joliet, Illinois 60432
Aldermen and the Mayor are elected to serve four (4) year terms. The Aldermanic terms of office are staggered.
- Each candidate must be a citizen of the United States and of the State of Illinois;
- Each candidate must be a qualified elector of the City of Aurora;
- Each candidate must be a resident of the City for one (1) year preceding election or appointment;
- No person shall be eligible to hold office who is in arrears in the payment of taxes, assessments, fines and service charges levied or assessed by the City; and
- No person shall be eligible to hold office who has been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury or other felony.
- A candidate for alderman representing a ward shall be a resident of that ward at the time of his/her election, or in the case of filling a vacancy, of his appointment, and during the time he or she holds office. @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Important Dates for the 2021 Consolidated Election Cycle for Elected Municipal Office in the City of Aurora:
CONSOLIDATED PRIMARY ELECTION: TUESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2021
CONSOLIDATED ELECTION: TUESDAY APRIL 6, 2021
|First day to circulate nominating petitions:||Tuesday, August 25, 2020|
|First day to file petitions with the City Clerk:||Monday, November 16, 2020|
|Last day to file petitions with the City Clerk:||Monday, November 23, 2020|
|Last day to file objections to nominating petitions:||Wednesday, December 2, 2020|
|Last day to file notarized Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in Candidate for the February 23, 2021 Consolidated Primary Election:||Thursday, December 24, 2020|
The 2021 Candidate's Guide, including the recommended forms and other pertinent information, is available online from the Illinois Board of Elections online at: 2021 Candidate’s Guide (available for download via this link).
The City Clerk does not interpret statutes or provide advice, and is not responsible for any information provided, or for misinterpretation or omissions by any candidate. Candidates seeking further information or interpretations should seek legal counsel or refer directly to state statutes. Additional questions should be directed to the Illinois State Board of Elections at (312) 814-6440 or online at www.elections.il.gov.
The petition filing period is November 16 - 23, 2020 at the City of Aurora, 44 E. Downer Place. The City Clerk will be open during regular business hours from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., during the filing period.
In the event that two or more petitions are simultaneously filed for the same office as of the opening hour of the filing period or within the last hour of the filing deadline, the City Clerk (Local Election Official) shall break such ties by means of the lottery system approved by the State Board of Elections, within nine (9) calendar days after the last day of the petition filing period (December 2, 2020).
SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING COVID-19
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND FACE COVERING REQUIREMENTS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS TO BE ANNOUNCED.
Lottery for ballot placement will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. at City Hall in Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor. Physical attendance at this Lottery for each office will be limited to one (1) representative for each interested party and subject to social distancing guidelines and restrictions. The Lottery will be viewable for all others via remote access online at:
www.aurora-IL.org or www.facebook.org/cityofauroraIL
All persons wishing to access City Hall to attend the Lottery will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 (including temperature screening) by a City Hall Greeter. All persons entering City Hall are required to wear appropriate face covering at all times while present in the building and seating for the lottery will be conducted with appropriate social distancing. Note: Lottery time and location may be subject to modification and COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be enforced.
The lottery system shall follow State Board of Elections' Rules and Regulations Section 210.40 and shall generally consist of the following process:
- Names in alphabetical order and then numbered.
- Assigned numbers of candidates placed into a container.
- After thoroughly shaken and mixed, numbers are drawn and the first number drawn shall be certified ahead of the other candidates listed on the alphabetical list. All remaining numbers drawn shall be listed 2nd, 3rd, etc.
Please contact the City Clerk's Office in-person, by phone at 630-256-3070, or by e-mail at [email protected] regarding obtaining copies or viewing the original Candidate Packets in-person.
Objections to Nomination Papers may be filed through December 2, 2020 during regular business hours of 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. at the office of the City Clerk. Please note that City Hall will be closed all day on Thursday, November 26, 2020 and Friday, November 27, 2020. Those wishing to file objections on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Monday, November 30, 2020 or Tuesday, December 1, 2020 are required to call the City Clerk's Office at: (630) 256-3071 upon arrival at City Hall. A representative from the City Clerk's Office will arrange to meet the filer and the filer will be required to undergo a COVID-19 screening. Upon completion of the COVID-19 screening, the filer will be escorted to the City Clerk's Office where objections may be filed.
Electoral Board Meeting Information
The Electoral Board consisting of the Mayor, the longest serving Alderman, and the City Clerk (subject to statutorily-required substitutions) will meet if there are any objections filed before the deadline stated above. For more information regarding the Electoral Board meetings please visit the Electoral Board page https://www.aurora-il.org/1987/Electoral-Board.
Illinois law and judicial precedent govern the nomination process for candidates for local office and the process for making objections to nominating papers. Neither the City Clerk or City Clerk’s Staff takes responsibility or liability for the candidate’s action or lack of action. Any information provided by City staff is not legal advice and is for reference purposes only. In accepting filings, the Clerk does not express any opinion as to the legal sufficiency or validity of any document. City staff may not provide candidates, objectors, or members of the public with any advice as to the legal sufficiency or validity of a candidate’s nominating papers or of any objections made to those nominating papers. Should the candidate have any questions regarding the elections and the nomination process, reference may be made to the Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/1-1, et seq.), the Illinois State Board of Elections, or an attorney. Candidates and objectors are responsible for obtaining their own legal advice, if they choose to do so, throughout all stages of the nomination process.
State of Illinois Candidate's Guide
As referenced above, a copy of the State of Illinois Candidate's Guide is published annually by the State Board of Elections. The guide provides information on the election process to prospective candidates seeking office at the local level. It also provides general information, such as requirements for filing nominating papers, specific forms to be used, etc. The State Board of Elections also publishes a 2021 Local Election Official's Handbook and the 2021 Election & Campaign Finance Calendar. All guides are available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website: