SYCAMORE – Although Election Day is more than a month away, residents who know which candidates they want in office can cast their ballots today.
Early voting options start today with absentee and in-person absentee voting at the DeKalb County Legislative Center, but for those who want to punch a ticket Nov. 6, less than two weeks remain for registration.
The voter registration deadline is Oct. 9 for those who want to vote on Election Day, but a grace period between Oct. 10 and Nov. 3 will allow residents who missed the deadline to register with the requirement they vote on-site at that time. Residents must bring two forms of identification – one with a current address – to register.
The county clerk’s office at the Legislative Center on 200 N. Main St. can register voters as well as any driver’s license facilities, most schools, libraries, banks and city halls.
DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo said registration has been up this year and expects a turnout similar to the 2008 presidential election. There was a 75 percent turnout in the 2008 election and Acardo has said he is hoping for at least 70 to 71 percent this year.
“We are always trying to find ways we can increase the availability ... of this vital service,” he said.
According to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, Illinois ranked 33rd among all states in voter registration at 70.9 percent in the 2008 presidential election in part because Illinois does not offer election day registration options.
While residents cannot register Nov. 6, Acardo said his goal is to give residents as many opportunities as possible, which is why satellite voting and registration locations will operate from Oct. 22 to Nov. 3 in three different regions in the county.
During that time, voters can visit the Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center, Sandwich Fire Department or Kirkland Village Hall to register and cast a ballot. Mail-in voter registration forms in English and Spanish can be downloaded at www.votedekalb.com.