On the April 4, 2017 General Election in the City of Peoria, the following seats were on the ballot*:

*Depending on where you reside, you may also have had Park District, School District, Library District, and ICC District positions on your ballot. To get an exhaustive account of who was on your ballot, determine your District Information on the Illinois State Board of Elections website. Then, cross-reference your District Information with the Sample Ballot provided by the Peoria County Election Commission

General Election Day was April 4, 2017.

The Primary Election was held on February 28, 2017. The results of the Primary Election can be found here.

The Primary Election was your chance to vote for candidates that you would like to nominate for Election Day. If there are more than 2 candidates running for a single position, only the 2 candidates with the highest number of votes from the Primary Election will proceed to be on the ballot on Election Day.

(For example, there were 3 candidates for Peoria’s Mayor in the Primary Election which was held in February. Only the 2 candidates that received the most votes during the Primary Election, in this case Couri Thomas and Jim Ardis, moved forward to face off on Election Day. In the At-Large District Council primary race, 6 candidates vied for 4 spots to move on to the General Election ballot, of which 2 candidates were chosen in the General Election).

You can vote in the City of Peoria’s local elections if you are a registered voter that resides within the City of Peoria.

To see if you are registered to vote in the State of Illinois, visit the State Board of Elections page here.

Early Voting (in Person)

Election Commission Office (?) ICC North (?)
February 23 – March 24 8:30AM-4:30PM
March 25 10:00AM-1:00PM
March 26 12:00PM-3:00PM
March 27 – March 31 9:00AM-7:00PM 10:00AM-6:00PM
March 31 9:00AM-7:00PM
April 1 9:00AM-5:00PM 10:00AM-1:00PM
April 2 9:00AM-3:00PM
April 3 9:00AM-7:00PM

All Peoria County voters may also vote early in limited locations outside of the City of Peoria: On March 22nd at Brimfield Public Library (10:00AM-6:00PM), March 23rd at Chillicothe Public Library (10:00AM-6:00PM), March 24th at Alpha Park Public Library (10:00AM-6:00PM), March 25th at Dunlap Public Library (10:00AM-1:00PM).

Voting Early (by Mail)
You may request a vote by mail ballot until Thursday, March 30, 2017 until 12:00PM. Ballots must be postmarked by midnight on April 4th.

Voting on Election Day
On Election Day (April 4, 2017), you may vote at your local polling place between the hours of 6:00AM-7:00PM. Not sure where your local polling place is? Check here.

You can request a vote by mail ballot for the General Election that will take place on April 4th, 2017 by filling out the online form at the Peoria Elections Commission here.

The last day to request a Vote by Mail ballot is Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 12:00PM. The ballot must be postmarked to return by midnight on April 4th.

To vote in Peoria’s General Election, you must have been registered by March 7th, 2017.*

Click here to register online.

Click here to see instructions for registering by mail.

Click here to see where you can register in person.

*Grace Period (AKA – register and vote at the same time): People who did not register to vote by March 7, 2017 may register to vote at the Peoria Elections Commission Office or other early voting sites from Wednesday, March 8 – Tuesday, April 3, 2017. You may also register on Election Day (April 4, 2017) at your Polling Place. (If you register to vote during the grace period and want to vote in the upcoming election, you must vote at the time of registration.)

The mayor shall preside at all city council meetings and ceremonial occasions. The mayor shall be recognized as the official head of the city by the courts for the purpose of serving civil process and by the governor for all legal purposes. The post is a 4 year term. The mayoral position is part-time and is compensated with an annual salary of $55,080 and a $475 monthly automobile allowance (Source: City of Peoria Code of Ordinances).
All City Council Members meet regularly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00PM. City Council seats are part-time positions and are compensated with a salary between $14,000-16,500 (Source: City of Peoria 2015 Payroll).
In 2015, elections were held for 5 At-Large City Council seats. In the 2015 elections, voter turnout was 11,284 (16.6% of registered voters in Peoria).

In 2013, elections were held for Mayor and District City Council seats. In the 2013 elections, 8,869 (12.33% of registered voters in Peoria) voted for Mayor and 8,349 (11.87% of registered voters in Peoria) voted for City Council seats.

A candidate for mayor, council member, clerk, or treasurer must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Be a qualified elector or registered voter.
  2. No debt or tax owed to the city.
  3. No conviction of infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony.
  4. Have at least one year of residency in the city prior to the election.
  5. A petition with signatures equal to or greater than 1% of the number of total votes cast in the preceding election for mayor.

(Source: State of Illinois Candidate’s Guide 2017)

The PIAvotes team has made repeated attempts to reach out to all of the candidates via e-mail and by phone, and when possible, in person. All candidates have the opportunity to correct any facts or figures that have been associated with their names.

In cases where we have not received an answer, the phrase “No response received from the candidate” is used to denote the fact. All candidates have the ongoing ability to contact PIAvotes.com (by e-mail: contact@piavotes.com) to add information to this website.

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