Early voting

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin was in Springfield today (WED), casting his ballot in the 2018 Election. He says he's encouraged by early voting tallies in Illinois so far, and that immigration is now among the chief issues thanks to President Trump.


Claire Buchanan

Illinois residents are registering to vote and casting their ballots early in record numbers.

The Illinois State Board of Elections reports more than 8 million people have registered to vote, which is higher than the amount in the 2016 Presidential election.  Spokesman Matt Dietrich says there’s also been a rise in early voting.

“Right now we’ve got close to 750,000 early votes cast," he said.  "If that keeps up, we’ll definitely surpass the number that we saw in 2014, which was 791,000. But it’s also possible that we could have more early votes cast than we saw in 2016.”

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Early voting is in full swing as time winds down before the midterm election. It's been available to Rockford residents since Sep. 27th and voters have turned up in droves.

The city’s Board of Elections has counted more than 5,000 votes to date. But Executive Director Stacey Bixby says it’s difficult to compare numbers with the previous midterm election because early voting worked differently in 2014.

Connie Kuntz

Everybody is busy and Nicole Rundall Royal is no exception, but the vote must go on.  Nicole took a minute to talk to us outside the Rockford Board of Elections after she voted early.  She told us the process was very simple.

"I just went in and gave them my name and they handed me a ballot and I went and voted.  It took me maybe five minutes."

Ballot Objection Delays Early Voting In Rockford

Feb 7, 2018
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The Rockford Board of Elections is postponing early voting for the March 20th primary election.

This comes after an objection for State Representative Scott Drury’s attorney general bid. The case hinges on whether the Highwood Democrat properly filed a statement of economic interest.

Stacey Bixby is executive director of the Rockford Board of Elections.

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Starting today, DeKalb County residents can vote early in the 2017 Consolidated Election.  

It covers municipal offices, such as mayors and aldermen, as well as township and special district positions, like parks, fire, and schools. All candidates are non-partisan in DeKalb County, so there’s no separate primary round. This also means voters have no need to worry about selecting a candidate that risks being eliminated partway through the race. 

The number of Illinois residents who have voted ahead of Election Day has broken state records and is still growing.

The State Board of Elections released totals Monday showing the number of voters who cast in-person ballots through Sunday was approaching 1.3 million.

That surpasses the roughly 1 million who did so in 2008 and the nearly 1.2 million in 2012.

The figure is even higher when all ballots, including those by mail, are counted. The total number of Illinois residents who've already voted is more than 1.6 million.

More than 4,000 people have voted already in Winnebago County, according to County Clerk Margie Mullins. She says it’s been the highest turnout in all the years of early voting.

And Boone County has ballots from more than 2,100 early voters -- not including ballots that have been mailed out. 

Boone County Clerk and Recorder Mary Steurer says she hopes more people who may be thinking about voting early will beat the potential Election Day crowds.

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Illinois State Board of Elections officials say more than 6 percent of Illinois' record 8 million active registered voters have already cast their ballots with a little more than a week to go until Election Day.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports more than 485,400 Illinois residents had voted in the Nov. 8 election as of Thursday morning either by mail, in person or using grace period registration, which allows people to register and cast their ballots simultaneously.

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Illinois election officials say the number of registered active voters in the state is at its highest since 1970.

Illinois State Board of Election spokesman Jim Tenuto said Tuesday morning that there are 7.9 million registered active voters in the state. That's more than the 7.8 million who were registered in 2008 before then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois successfully ran for president.

That number was the previous high.

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Regular voter registration in Illinois has closed. The last day was Tuesday.

But there are other options if you need to register for the first time, or have moved and need to update your information.

Online voter registration is available; there’s a link at the Illinois State Board of Election’s website until Oct. 23.

Jim Tenuto, assistant director of the board, recommends casting an early vote if you want to avoid election-day lines.

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Illinois' senior US Senator Dick Durbin is trying to lead by example.

He cast an early vote Monday in Springfield, and is encouraging others to do the same. 

"More and more people in Illinois are voting early. And once you do vote by mail, or come in early, that becomes your way to do things. A pattern of life,” Durbin said.

Early voting has been on the rise in Illinois since it was first offered in 2006. 

Before then, anyone unable to vote on Election Day in person had to give authorities a reason for requesting an “absentee ballot.”

As officials warn coastal residents to get out of Hurricane Matthew's path Illinois elections officials are putting out a notice of their own.

Hurricane Matthew could be devastating.

The Illinois National Guard hasn't been activated to help, nor has the Illinois Emergency Management Agency received a request. 

IEMA's spokeswoman says the state is part of a pact in which Illinois could be called on to help. She says that'd likely happen after any potential damage. 

Illinois sent about 2500 employees out following Hurricane Katrina.

League of Women Voters

Tuesday, Sept. 27, is National Voter Registration Day.  It's a reminder that you can't vote if you aren't registered.

The deadline for Illinois residents to register outside of their local election office is Oct. 11, and the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford has scheduled registration events before then at several locations throughout the Rockford area. 

Early Voting Launches This Week In Illinois

Sep 26, 2016
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DeKalb County residents can start casting their ballots Thursday at the Legislative Center at 200 N. Main St in Sycamore.

Early voting will also open at other locations in late October.

Doug Johnson, DeKalb County’s Clerk and Recorder, expects a big turnout this year.

"Knowing that it’s a presidential election -- if waiting until Election Day, you might have some lines to stand in. But if you early vote, you will have an opportunity to miss that," Johnson said.

Voters in Wisconsin can begin casting ballots in the presidential race. A Wisconsin state Supreme Court seat is also at stake in the state's April 5th primary.

This is the first presidential election where voters will be required to show photo identification in order to cast their ballots. Early voting runs through 5 p.m. on April first.

Jenna Dooley

Early voting is underway in northern Illinois for the state’s primary contests.

Find an Early Voting location in your area

Illinois’ primary is March 15, but many people aren’t waiting until then to cast their ballots.

At Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center, senior journalism major Jazmin Kelley had a very simple reason to vote before next week.

Early Voting Underway For Spring Election

Mar 25, 2013
League of Women Voters

Illinois' municipal elections are scheduled for Tuesday, April 9th. From now until April 6th, voters can cast their ballots ahead of time.

DeKalb County

More people in DeKalb County are taking advantage of early voting.  According to DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo, thousands of  people have already voted before the November 6th election. That's about a thousand more early votes than four years ago.

Early Voting in Illinois

Feb 27, 2012

 

Early voting for Illinois’ March 20th primary is underway.