Early voting starts in Illinois

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KTVI)-- Early voting in Illinois began on Monday.  The state adopted early voting in 2006.  Voters need to bring a photo ID and can vote in person at a number of polling stations.

"It`s really all about convenience," said Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza.   She said about 200 early voters had cast ballots in Edwardsville as of 4 p.m. Monday.

One of the big races in Illinois will be the race for the Republican nomination for Governor.   State Senator Bill Brady, State Senator Kirk Dillard, private equity investor Bruce Rauner and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford are all fighting for the nomination.

Illinois requires voters to declare a party when they ask for a primary ballot.   If they choose a non-partisan ballot, they will not be allowed to vote for candidates, but can vote on issues such as a tax levy.

Ming-Mendoza says during the 2012 presidential election, 20% of the votes cast were done by early voters.  Polls are open Monday through Saturday.

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