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Looking to the April 6 elections—dates to know

Candidates: Information Forms are due by January 31

By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (January 26, 2021) – On April 6, Lansing residents will go to the polls to elect their representatives—not at the national or state level, but at the local level.

These biennial elections impact local life. This year’s election will include local school board members, for example, who make decisions on how best to learn in a COVID environment. The April 6 ballot will include Village trustees, who make budget decisions and decide which new businesses should be awarded tax incentives. Other positions on the ballot include the Lan-Oak Park Board, the Lansing Public Library Board, the South Suburban College Board, Township representatives, and others.

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On April 6, 2021, Lansing residents will go to the polls to vote for local representatives. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Important dates ahead of April 6

The Office of the County Clerk oversees the deadlines related to consolidated elections, including these important dates:

  • January 28: Last day for the local election official to certify candidates, offices, and any referenda questions to the election authority
  • February 19: Military & overseas ballots available
  • February 25: First day to mail ballots (if available)
  • March 9: Voter registration closes for deputy registrars and local election officials
  • March 10 – April 5: Grace period registration & voting period
  • March 21: Online voter registration closes
  • March 22 – April 5: Early voting period
  • April 1: Last day to apply for a ballot by mail
  • April 2: Nursing home voting

People can register to vote online, by mail, or in-person. Registration information is available here.


Click the image above to fill out our Candidate Info Form.

The Lansing Journal invites local office-seekers who will be on the April 6 ballot to fill out the Candidate Information Form. Readers who know someone who is running for office are invited to share this form. Our goal is to provide comprehensive coverage of Lansing’s April 6 elections, and we need help to ensure no one is overlooked.

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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.