Early voting has opened in Illinois

BELLEVILLE, IL (KPLR) - Illinois voters who want to avoid long lines on election day now have the opportunity to cast their ballots seven days a week leading up to the November 8 national election.  Metro East counties opened extra, staffed voting sites Monday. As many as 100 voters had taken advantage of the service by 1 pm at the Caseyville Township Hall in Fairview Heights.

Voters from anywhere in Saint Clair County, outside of East St. Louis, could cast their ballot at the location. They gave their name, address and birthdate to an election official who looked up their registration information and gave them the appropriate ballot.

Residents can also register to vote and then vote at the same time. In order to do that they must provide two forms of identification with their name and correct address.

East St Louis City operates its own election office. Residents within the city may cast early ballots there.

Saint Clair County clerk Thomas Holbrook urged voters to take advantage of the early opportunity. He is expecting long lines on November 8th because it is a presidential year and because Illinois will now allow voter registration at individual precincts.  That extra work at the polling places may create a slowdown. You can request a ballot be mailed to you up until early November.

Unlike Missouri, Illinois voters do not need to provide a special reason for voting early. In Missouri, you must meet specific criteria before you can cast an absentee ballot. Unless you vote in person at the county election board headquarters or you are on a permanently disabled list, you then must have your ballot secrecy envelope notarized before returning it to a Missouri election office.

For detailed information about early voting in your Illinois county go to one of the following links: