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Will County GOP to hold virtual convention Wednesday

A roll of stickers sits behind a counter at the Will County Clerk's Office on Nov. 7 at the Will County Office Building in Joliet.
A roll of stickers sits behind a counter at the Will County Clerk's Office on Nov. 7 at the Will County Office Building in Joliet.

The Will County Republican Central Committee announced last week that it will hold its state-mandated convention Wednesday using video teleconferencing.

The party will be using secure online voting systems, according to a news release.

This is the first of many changes the Will County GOP is implementing to ensure Republicans stay involved in the political process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will County Republican Chairman George Pearson said that although this will be a new experience, he is confident in the process the party has put into place.

“During these unprecedented times, I am pleased we will still be able to hold our convention as mandated and keep working on behalf of all Republicans in Will County so we can be prepared for an important general election,” Pearson said in the release. “I’m proud that our Will County Republican Central Committee is advancing with the times by hosting our convention virtually to ensure the safety of our residents.”

County political parties in Illinois are mandated by state law to hold their conventions April 15.

Normally, the conventions are held at large public venues, but because of Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, the Will County Republicans decided to use a virtual platform to conduct business.

During a convention, the precinct committeepeople elect the county party’s chair and secretary, as well as the delegates to the state GOP convention scheduled in June.

Voters elected their precinct committeepeople during the March 17 primary election.

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