Vote early (but not often)
Beacon-News Staff And Wire Reports October 22, 2012 5:40PM
Glenn Miller, center, shows early voters how to used the electronic machines at the Naperville Municipal Center on Monday, October 22, 2012. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 22, 2012 6:57PM
The number of votes cast in parts of Illinois before Election Day could top records set four years ago, some officials predicted Monday as residents trickled to the polls for the first day of early voting in the state.
Rules have changed since 2008, making it easier for people to vote before Nov. 6. The state no longer requires people to have a reason to vote by mail and the time period to cast early ballots in person has been extended until the weekend before Election Day.
In 2008, statewide nearly 1 million, or about 16 percent of Illinois voters, voted early.
Rupert Borgsmiller, executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections, said he thought the number of early votes would at least match four years ago.
The state has hundreds of early voting locations.
There are 18 early voting sites spread out throughout Kane County. The sites can be can be found on the county clerk’s website, http://www.kanecountyelections.org/EarlyVoting/EarlyVotingPoster.pdf.
There are 12 early votings sites in DuPage County. The sites can be found at the DuPage Election Commission’s website, http://www.dupageco.org/election/, and look for the link under “Upcoming Events.”
There are two Aurora sites for early voting:
Aurora Election Commission, 323 W. Galena Blvd.; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Aurora Public Library Eola Branch, 555 S. Eola Road; 9:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. On Oct. 26, voting will only be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Visit http://auroravotes.org/early-voting for information.
In Kendall County, there also are two sites for early voting:
Kendall County Office Building, 111 W. Fox St., Yorkville. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday
Oswego Village Hall, 100 Parkers Mill, Oswego, through Nov. 1. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday
Visit http://www.co.kendall.il.us/county_clerk/election_pdf/Voting_Kendall_County.pdf for information.