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Election draws near

Published: Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT
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With only a few days remaining until Tuesday’s election, candidates are putting on a full-court press and officials are readying for what is expected to be a high-turnout election.

County Clerk John Acardo estimates about 20 percent of DeKalb County voters have made use of early voting. For those who haven’t voted, here’s what you need to know:

Q. When can I vote?

A. For those who have yet to register, grace-period voting ends at noon today at the DeKalb County Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St., Sycamore or at the Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Ave., DeKalb. You must have a photo ID and cast your ballot when you register. The legislative center also will be open for in-person absentee voting from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

Q. What if I plan to vote on Election Day?

A. There will be polling places set up around the county. If you’re not sure where your polling place is located, call the DeKalb County Clerk’s Office at 815-895-7147, or check online at www.votedekalb.com. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. A signature is the only required identification on Election Day.

Q. Who’s running?

A. There are multiple races and questions on the ballot. Voters statewide will consider a proposal to amend the Illinois Constitution to require a three-fifths majority vote for state or local governments to approve any increases in public pensions.

The county’s congressional races are contested, with Republican incumbent Adam Kinzinger facing Wanda Rohl in the 16th District, and Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren challenged by Democrat Dennis Anderson in the 14th District.

There is also a contested countywide race for regional superintendent of schools between the sitting superintendent, Republican Derek Avery, and Democratic challenger Amanda Christensen.

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