DeKALB – Early voting locations in DeKalb, Sandwich and Kirkland will open today and operate through Nov. 3.
For the first time, DeKalb County will offer early voting for the full two-week period in northern, central and southern areas of the county to give voters as much access as possible, DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo said.
Unlike grace period voting, which began last month, early voting requires residents to show photo identification to cast a ballot. Photo identification will not be required on Election Day, Nov. 6. For those not registered, opportunities to do so still are available at the DeKalb County Gathertorium and Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center locations.
Those two locations also are open for anyone in the county to vote, while the Sandwich Fire Protection District at 310 E. Railroad St. and Kirkland Village Hall at 511 W. Main St. locations are only able to accept ballots from voters in those regions.
Acardo said he believed the new format would give more people opportunities to vote as opposed to the mobile unit the county used during the primaries that would accept all voters but only stayed in one area for a few days.
“The more people that vote early reduces the amount of resources and strain on the office during Election day,” Acardo said. “It’s more convenient for everyone.”
The county’s emphasis on early voting has worked, as 1,273 in-person voters already have cast ballots since voting opened in early September. That is an increase from the 904 people who had voted by this time in the 2008 presidential election.
Although all the satellite sites will end early voting at noon Nov. 3, the DeKalb County Gathertorium will be open Nov. 5 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. for one final day of early voting before election day.