Usually by this time of year, Massac Countians have a fairly good idea of who will be running in the spring’s Primary Election.

But thanks to events of 2020 — mainly the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the 2020 U.S. Census — that information and election are being delayed as the primary will be held on June 28.

Potential candidates can begin circulating petitions for the 2022 Primary Election starting Thursday, Jan. 13. The filing date is March 7-14.

Petitions are available at the Massac County Clerk’s Office, located in the Massac County Courthouse.

For more information, call 618-524-5213.

Early voting for the primary will begin May 19. Vote-by-mail ballots can be requested March 30 through June 23.

Through the Primary Election, Massac County voters choose candidates for federal, state and local offices who will be voted on during the Nov. 8 General Election.

On the local level, the following offices are up for election this year: Massac County commissioner; Massac County treasurer; Massac County clerk; Massac County sheriff (full term); and Massac County precinct committee persons.

Due to changes in the census, the structure of state offices will be different than in years past as district maps have been redrawn, changing district numbers and areas — the 117th District is now the 116th district; the 118th is now the 117th; the 115th is now the 118th; and the 116th is now the 115th.

Massac County is now part of the new 117th district, which also includes all of Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Johnson, Pope and Saline counties, as well as parts of Franklin, White and Williamson counties.

State offices included on the 2022 ballot are the six state executive offices — governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and comptroller — plus state senator and state representative, along with judges on the Supreme Court, Appellate Court, Circuit Court, Resident Circuit Court, subcircuit levels and judge vacancies.

In addition, as of Dec. 31, 2021, one statewide ballot measure had qualified for the ballot — the Right to Collective Bargaining Amendment. If passed, it would create a state constitutional right to collective bargaining, according to Ballotpedia.com.

U.S. senator and representative are the only federal offices on the Primary Election ballot.

It was June 17, 2021, when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a measure which moved the state’s 2022 Primary Election from March to June, among other changes aimed at expanding voting access. He signed the new congressional map into law on Nov. 24, 2021.

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