Early Voting Begins Monday in Illinois

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI) - Early voting starts Monday in Illinois.  And a high profile U.S. Senator will be in our area this morning talking about early voting.  Senator Dick Durbin is slated to speak at the Morris University Center on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus at 9:00 a.m. to kick off early voting.

He will be joined by several other candidates and local officials. There are 13 early voting polling locations in Madison County including at the Morris Center on the S.I.U.E. campus.
Early voting runs through November 3rd in Illinois.

Early voters in the Land of Lincoln can cast ballots for the presidential race, the U.S. house races and state legislative contests. You don`t need an excuse to vote early in Illinois, but you do have to do it in person- it can`t be done by mail.

There is no early voting in Missouri.  But absentee voting is open in the show me state.
You do need a reason to vote absentee in Missouri.  Early voting is expected to play a critical role in this year`s presidential election.

An estimated 35% of voters nationwide are expected to cast ballots early this year.
Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have early voting.
A total of eight states including Illinois start early voting Monday.

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