Area election officials will be busy counting ballots Tuesday might in an election that features hundreds of local candidates.
The consolidated municipal and school election happens every two years on the first Tuesday in April. The polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
As ballots are counted on Tuesday, people can go to bnd.com for complete coverage of local elections. They also can visit the websites of local county clerks, who will be posting results as they are tabulated.
Races include candidates running for mayor, local school boards, city councils and village boards. There also are referendums on a number of tax increases, a controversial water issue in O’Fallon, and whether Shiloh and New Baden will become home rule cities.
The last day for people to early vote is Saturday.
Ballots will be counted by individual precincts as they come to the courthouse, St. Clair County Clerk Thomas Holbrook said. The time it takes for each precinct to be counted will vary based on how long it takes election judges to pack up and drive to the courthouse. The ballot counts then will be merged to form the final unofficial count.
Holbrook said absentee ballots and early votes will be counted beginning at 7 p.m.
The earliest results are expected to be posted is 8:30 p.m., the clerk’s office said in a news release.
Results for Tuesday’s elections are set to be available on the St. Clair County Clerk’s website, www.countyclerk.co.st-clair.il.us.
Holbrook’s office added results will not include totals from East St. Louis, which are handled by the East St. Louis Board of Commissioners.
Madison County results will be available on its website, www.madisonvotes.com/election-results.shtml.
Results for Washington, Clinton, Monroe and Randolph counties will be available at www.platinumelectionresults.com.
For Bond County results, people can visit www.accessliberty.com.
Provisional ballots are scheduled to be counted on April 21, and all votes cast are unofficial until the canvass is completed on April 23.