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County's early voting begins Monday

Published: Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County will open three more voting locations Monday for the start of early voting.

Polls will be open at the Sandwich Fire Department at 310 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich, Kirkland Village Hall at 511 W. Main St. in Kirkland, and the Blackhawk Annex of the Holmes Student Center on the Northern Illinois University campus at the corner of Lucinda Avenue and Normal Road in DeKalb.

The DeKalb County Legislative Center at 200 N. Main St. in Sycamore also will continue to be available to voters as well.

DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo said he expects many of the county’s residents to take advantage of the early voting process, especially now that they don’t need a reason to request an absentee ballot as they did before 2011.

“I think early voting is becoming more and more popular because of the convenience factor,” he said.

Since pre-election day voting began Feb. 28, 325 people have voted in person or by mail, Acardo said.

Although he always hopes all the county’s 57,000 registered voters cast their ballots, he expects only 20 to 21 percent of them actually will in the April 9 election. The ballot is comprised entirely of local races including library board, school board, mayoral and aldermanic seats.

“I always say these are the most important elections in my opinion,” Acardo said.

Although these local elections, which include more than 430 candidates countywide, aren’t as glamourous as the national elections, they play a major role in the communities.

“These elected representatives have a significant impact on our every day lives,” he said.

For residents who haven’t registered to vote, Acardo said there is still time. Voters can register with valid photo identification at the Legislative Center in Sycamore and the NIU campus locations during a grace period that lasts until noon April 6, but they must cast their ballot at the time of registration.

To register, voters need to present two forms of identification, one of which must include their current address. By state law, all registered voters must present valid government-issued photo identification to vote during this traditional early voting period.

Although the county offices are closed Friday, Acardo said the voting locations will remain open.

The traditional period of early voting will end at noon April 6 at all locations except the DeKalb County Legislative Center in Sycamore, which will remain open until 4 p.m. April 8.

For more information about voting locations, dates and deadlines, and to see a sample ballot, visit www.votedekalb.com.

OUTBOX:

Where to vote: • DeKalb County Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St. in Sycamore • Blackhawk Annex of Holmes Student Center, NIU campus in DeKalb • Sandwich Fire Department, 310 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich • Kirkland Village Hall, 511 W. Main St. in Kirkland

What to bring: Valid government-issued photo identification

On the Web For information on local candidates, see the Daily Chronicle’s Election Central website online at Elections.Daily-Chronicle.com.

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