Will County Clerk Lauren Staley Ferry announced Thursday she will make blank nominating petition packets available to all Will County candidates starting Monday, which is two weeks ahead of the first day candidates legally can begin collecting signatures.
Staley Ferry’s goal is to give candidates more time to prepare their materials so they can start collecting signatures immediately on Sept. 3.
The longtime policy in the clerk’s office had been to withhold packets until the first day of circulation, according to the release.
“We’re throwing that policy out the window to better serve our local candidates,” Staley Ferry said. “... we found there is nothing in the statute barring us from releasing these materials.”
However, candidates must not obtain signatures on their petitions before
Sept. 3, she said.