Exiting Will County Clerk Leaves Historical Gift

Bernie Tafoya
November 05, 2018 - 3:24 pm

The new mural in the Will County Clerk's Office. (courtesy: Will County Clerk)

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JOLIET (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Tuesday’s election is the last one that will be run in Will County by Clerk Nancy Shultz Voots, who decided last year not to seek re-election.  

Her pending departure is a milestone because Voots has worked in the Will County Clerk’s office since her senior year of high school, 42 years ago.  

Voots, who began serving as clerk in 2002, is leaving a mural and a display in the main clerk office to show the history of elections in Will County. That includes an optical scan machine and a system known as autoMark, for use by the disabled when voting.  

She said she's proud of implementing both optical scan and autoMARK systems during her time in office. She says the optical scan provides a "paper trail" of vote results in case there's a race in doubt.

She noted how technology has helped provide election results faster over the years. She jokes that bars and restaurants would like her to slow down in providing results so that people stay longer in those establishments.

Voots plans to retire and move to Minnesota to be a full-time grandmother.