EDWARDSVILLE — Candidates hoping to file for the spring election will get an extra day to do so in Madison County.
Candidates who wish to appear on the March 18 primary ballot must file their nominating petitions between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. But the Thanksgiving holiday means that county offices will be closed on Nov. 28-29, leaving only four working days for candidates to file.
However, County Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza announced she will open the clerk's office on Friday, Nov. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. solely for the purpose of accepting candidate petitions. No other county business will be transacted, and all other offices will remain closed.
"I believe it is important to accommodate candidates and I intend to give them as much of an opportunity to file as possible," Ming-Mendoza said. "Many candidates may be off on Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, making it a convenient day for them to file their petitions."
The St. Clair County Clerk's office will remain closed the day after Thanksgiving.
Anyone with questions should contact the Madison County Clerk's office at 692-6290.