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.

Voter Registration

You may register to vote via the Illinois Voter Application Website: . You may also verify that you are registered to vote by using the Registration Lookup tool: 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:

DuPage County Election Commission      
421 N. County Farm Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187 

Kane County Clerk    
719 S. Batavia Ave, Bldg. B, Geneva, IL 60134                                                               AND                                                                                                                                          5 E. Downer Place, Suite F, Aurora, IL 60507           

Kendall County Clerk
111 West Fox Street, Yorkville, IL 60560 

Will County Clerk  
(815) 740-4615
302 North Chicago Street, Joliet, Illinois 60432 


Local Elections

Candidates for elected municipal offices in the City of Aurora run as non-partisan candidates and file nominating petitions to appear on the February, Consolidated Primary Election ballot. If more than four candidates (including write-in candidates) file to appear on the ballot for a given office, the February primary election must be conducted for that office. If four or less candidates file for a given office, all candidates who file valid nominating petitions appear on the April Consolidated Election ballot.

​Aldermen and the Mayor are elected to serve four (4) year terms. The aldermanic terms of office are staggered.

​Aldermanic Qualifications
  • Each Alderman shall be a citizen of the United States and of the state;
  • A qualified elector of the city;
  • A resident of the city for one (1) year next preceding his election or appointment. Each 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 holds office.
  • No person shall be eligible to hold office if that person who is in arrears in his/her payment of taxes, assessments, fines and service charges levied by the city.  
  • No conviction in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury or other felony.

City of Aurora Offices to be Filled at the 2019 Consolidated, Municipal Election

Ballots Cast at Last Election
Alderman at Large
Aurora Election Commission;
​​DuPage Election Commission
Alderman Ward 1
Aurora Election Commission
Alderman Ward 3
Aurora Election Commission
Alderman Ward 5
Aurora Election Commission
Alderman Ward 6
Aurora Election Commission
Alderman Ward 8
Aurora Election Commission

Important Dates for the 2019 Consolidated Primary and Consolidated Election

First day to circulate nominating petitions:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
First day to file petitions with the City Clerk:
Monday, November 19, 2018
Last day to file petitions with the City Clerk:Monday, November 26, 2018

Last day to file objections to nominating petitions:
Monday, December 3, 2018

Last day for simultaneous petition filing lottery:
Wednesday, December 6, 2018

Ballot Certification Date for February 26, 2019 Consolidated Primary Election:
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Consolidated Primary Election (if necessary):
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Consolidated Election:
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Candidate Information

Nominating Petitions & Additional Election Information Available

As a service of the City Clerk's Office, general information for prospective candidates on the upcoming, April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election is available at the City of Aurora, 44 E. Downer Place, Aurora, IL 60507. The local candidates guide including the recommended forms and other pertinent information is available online from the Illinois Board of Elections.   

The City Clerk is not required to 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  

The petition filing period is November 19 - 26, 2018 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. Please note: City offices are closed on November 22nd and 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

State of Illinois Candidate's Guide

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 prospection 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 an Election Official's Handbook and the Election Campaign and Finance Calendar. The guides are available approximately six months prior to the Consolidated Election. The guides are available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website: