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
To find out what county you reside in, feel free to search your address using the following link: City of Aurora My Place App.
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.
- 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 alderperson may be elected from any ward that contains a part of the ward in which he or she resided at least one year next preceding the election that follows the redistricting, and, if elected, that person may be reelected from the new ward he or she represents if he or she resides in that ward for at least one year next preceding reelection.
Ballots Cast at Last Election
|Total Votes - 13,020
Ballots Counted - 13,089
|Kane County: Kane County Results|
Total Votes - 12,283
Ballots Counted - 12,939
|Kane County: Kane County Results
DuPage County: DuPage County Results
Will County: Will County Results
Kendall County: Kendall County Results
New Ward Maps
(Adopted 8/29/2022) can be found here:
Important Dates for the 2023 Consolidated Election Cycle for Elected Municipal Office in the City of Aurora:
CONSOLIDATED PRIMARY ELECTION:
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2023
TUESDAY APRIL 4, 2023
|First day to circulate nominating petitions:||Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022|
|First day to file petitions with the City Clerk:||Monday, Nov. 21, 2022|
|Last day to file petitions with the City Clerk:||Monday, Nov. 28, 2022|
|Last day to file objections to nominating petitions:||Monday, Dec. 5, 2022|
|Last day to file notarized Declaration of Intent to be a Write-in Candidate for the February 28, 2023 Consolidated Primary Election:||Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022|
The following City of Aurora offices are up for election in the 2023 Consolidated Election:
Alderman-At-Large (1 Seat)
Ward 1 Alderperson
Ward 3 Alderperson
Ward 5 Alderperson
Ward 6 Alderperson
Ward 8 Alderperson
The 2023 Candidate's Guide, including the recommended forms and other pertinent information, is available online from the Illinois State Board of Elections and printed copies are available at the City Clerk's Office (one per person please):
(latest guide available for search & download via this link)
(To download the latest Candidate's Guide: 1-click on link above, 2- choose the appropriate guide under the "Election Guides" dropdown, 3- click on the "Get Publication" button & a PDF version should generate.)
Please note that the City Clerk does not interpret statutes or provide legal or other election advice, and is not responsible for any information provided, or for misinterpretation or omissions by any candidate. Candidates seeking further information or legal interpretation should seek legal counsel or refer directly to Illinois 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 21 - 28, 2022 at the City of Aurora City Clerk's Office, 44 E. Downer Place, 1st Floor. The City Clerk will be open during regular business hours from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., during the filing period, however, City Hall and the City Clerk's Office will be closed on November 24, 2022 and November 25, 2022 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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 Illinois State Board of Elections, within nine (9) calendar days after the last day of the petition filing period (on or before December 7, 2022).
If necessary, the Lottery for ballot placement will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 9:00 A.M. at City Hall 44 E. Downer Place, in City Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor.
The lottery system shall follow State Board of Elections' Rules and Regulations Section 210.40 and shall generally consist of the following process:
- Candidate names are placed in alphabetical order and then numbered.
- Assigned numbers of candidates are placed into a container.
- After thoroughly shaken and mixed, numbers are drawn and the first number drawn shall be certified on the ballot 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] for information regarding obtaining copies or viewing the Candidate Packets in-person.
Objections to Nomination Papers may be filed through December 5, 2022 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 and the City Clerk's Office will be closed all day on Thursday, November 24, 2022 and Friday, November 25, 2022 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Electoral Board Meeting Information
The (3)-person Electoral Board, consisting of the Mayor, the longest serving Alderman, and the City Clerk (subject to statutorily-required substitutions), will meet if objections are filed before the deadline stated above. Information regarding any scheduled Electoral Board meetings will be posted on the Electoral Board page at 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 a 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 City Clerk's Office 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 Illinois 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 Illinois State Board of Elections also publishes a 2023 Local Election Official's Handbook and the 2023 Election & Campaign Finance Calendar. All guides will be available on the Illinois State Board of Elections website: when published by the State of Illinois.