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Early Voting

Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois

With three weeks to go until Election Day, more than 526,000 Illinois voters have already cast their ballots, according to data from the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Illinois election officials say there’s been a huge spike in early voting this year. But it’s not yet clear just what that means.

Election Day is still a few days away and roughly 20% of the registered voters in Lee and Des Moines Counties have already cast their ballots.

Rich Egger

Julia Albarracin said she came to the United States in 1999 to attend graduate school at the University of Florida.  She now teaches political science at Western Illinois University.  Albarracin is also now an American citizen after being sworn in a few months ago, and she used her newfound status to cast her first vote in a U.S. election.

Early Voting in the Tri States

Oct 7, 2014
Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

Thanks to early voting, hundreds of people in the tri states region have already cast their ballots even though the general election is still a few weeks away.

Rich Egger

McDonough County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes said  voters were at her office when the doors opened at 8:00 am for the first day of early voting on October 22.

DeJaynes said early voting should help ease the rush on election day (November 6).

“I do not think we will have lines for election day. Really the only places that we have ever had lines are in the college precincts and early voting at the university has cured that problem,” DeJaynes said.

Lee County to Open Extra Voting Booths

Oct 19, 2012

Election Day is less than three weeks away, but there will be no rush to the polls for thousands of Lee County residents.

Voting Underway in Southeast Iowa

Sep 27, 2012

Southeast Iowa voters who do not want to wait for Election Day have started casting their ballots.  There are no restrictions on who can vote early.