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DeKalb County voters head to the polls today

Sites open until 7 p.m.

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 3:43 p.m. CDT
(Erik Anderson for Shaw Media)
Election Judge Rene Donnelly transfers a voting machine Saturday to the DeKalb County Legislative Building from the Administration Building for today's elections while in Sycamore.

Voters across DeKalb County will cast ballots today in 221 contested races in the county’s cities, townships and districts.

DeKalb County Clerk John Acardo said more than 1,400 voters – about 2 percent of all those registered – took advantage of early voting. He said he expects about 21 percent of the county’s 57,000 registered voters to cast their ballots by the end of election day.

“As always, we hope that those numbers get shattered,” he said.

Acardo said he often gets many different questions on election day, but the most common questions voters have are the following:

Am I registered?

Citizens can find out whether they are registered to vote in their precinct through the Integra Election Reporting Console online at www.votedekalb.com. Voters can click the Election Day Voting tab and enter their name and birthdate when prompted to find out if they are a registered voter.

If a voter is told their name is not on file at their polling place, they still have the opportunity to vote.

Depending on the situation, Acardo said people can vote provisionally and present proof of registration to the county clerk’s office within three days for their vote to count.

Voters also can call the county’s hotline number at 815-895-7147 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. if they have additional questions.

Where can I vote?

All 90 precincts in DeKalb County have designated polling locations. Unlike with early voting, voters must vote at their assigned polling place today.

If voters aren’t sure which precinct they live in or where their assigned facility is located, they can visit www.votedekalb.com, click on the Election Day Voting tab and enter their information through the Integra Election Reporting Console.

When can I vote?

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Acardo said this is a firm deadline with no exceptions.

“By law, we’re required to lock the doors, either the room or the facility at 7 p.m.,” he said.

If a voter is in line before 7 p.m. and still hasn’t voted, he or she still can cast their ballot. An election judge will stand at the end of the line at 7 p.m. to verify who is eligible based on their time of arrival at the polling place.

What do I bring?

“On Election Day, all you need is your signature,” Acardo said.

Although no tangible form of identification is required to vote today, Acardo said he still highly encourages voters to bring some form of identification with their name and residence listed in case they are challenged by a pollwatcher.

For whom can I vote?

Sample ballots are available online at www.votedekalb.com, and at each polling facility. Acardo stressed that voters should review their ballots before they head to the polls.

“With 430 candidates, it’s important that they find out specifically who’s running,” he said.

Voters wanting to see a complete list of write-in candidates can only view it online at www.votedekalb.com.

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