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Our View: Early voting is under way

Published: Thursday, March 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

If you just can’t wait to cast your ballot in April’s consolidated election or have a conflict on Election Day – April 9 – there’s good news: Early voting has begun.

Through April 6, voters can cast a ballot without having to offer a reason for wanting to vote early. To do so, a registered voter must show a valid photo ID. Once you vote early, you can’t show up at your polling place on Election Day and revoke your early ballot.

In DeKalb County, early voting sites have been located to be convenient for most residents. Polling places are open at the Sandwich Fire Department at 310 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich, Kirkland Village Hall at 511 W. Main St. in Kirkland, 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, and the DeKalb County Legislative Center at 200 N. Main St. in Sycamore.

A list of each location’s hours and maps to each can be found online at VoteDeKalbIL.com. DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo says the number of people voting early has been encouraging, with more than 100 people voting on the first day.

If you aren’t a registered voter, you still can vote via grace-period voting through April 6. Grace-period voting allows you to register to vote and vote in the election. However, you must cast your ballot at the time you register.

Although the local elections may not attract as much national media attention, the people they elect make important decisions about the future direction of our communities.

This year there are more than 430 candidates on the ballot in DeKalb County. You can find out more about them by reading the Daily Chronicle and visiting our Election Central website, elections.Daily-Chronicle.com.

If you have early voting or grace-period voting questions, call the DeKalb County Elections Office at 815-895-7147.

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