With three days of early voting in Illinois behind us, at least one county is seeing greater than normal participation. The Madison County Clerk's office reports about 2,300 ballots have been cast early, county-wide. That includes about 300 in Godfrey, and more than 200 in Wood River.
In Jersey County, they have averaged a little over 80 ballots a day, and Macoupin County has counted more than 100 total. If you don't think you'll be able to make it to the polls come Election Day, or just want to go ahead and cast your ballot, you can vote now. State Board of Elections Assistant Director Jim Tenuto says early voting is just one of several options designed to increase voter turnout.
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Tenuto suggests contacting your local county clerk for early voting hours and locations. About 10% of the ballots cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election were done so during the early voting period.