Early voting


Regular voter registration in Illinois has closed. The last day was Tuesday.

But there are other options if you need to register for the first time, or have moved and need to update your information.

Online voter registration is available; there’s a link at the Illinois State Board of Election’s website until Oct. 23.

Jim Tenuto, assistant director of the board, recommends casting an early vote if you want to avoid election-day lines.


Illinois' senior US Senator Dick Durbin is trying to lead by example.

He cast an early vote Monday in Springfield, and is encouraging others to do the same. 

"More and more people in Illinois are voting early. And once you do vote by mail, or come in early, that becomes your way to do things. A pattern of life,” Durbin said.

Early voting has been on the rise in Illinois since it was first offered in 2006. 

Before then, anyone unable to vote on Election Day in person had to give authorities a reason for requesting an “absentee ballot.”

As officials warn coastal residents to get out of Hurricane Matthew's path Illinois elections officials are putting out a notice of their own.

Hurricane Matthew could be devastating.

The Illinois National Guard hasn't been activated to help, nor has the Illinois Emergency Management Agency received a request. 

IEMA's spokeswoman says the state is part of a pact in which Illinois could be called on to help. She says that'd likely happen after any potential damage. 

Illinois sent about 2500 employees out following Hurricane Katrina.

League of Women Voters

Tuesday, Sept. 27, is National Voter Registration Day.  It's a reminder that you can't vote if you aren't registered.

The deadline for Illinois residents to register outside of their local election office is Oct. 11, and the League of Women Voters of Greater Rockford has scheduled registration events before then at several locations throughout the Rockford area. 

Early Voting Launches This Week In Illinois

Sep 26, 2016
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DeKalb County residents can start casting their ballots Thursday at the Legislative Center at 200 N. Main St in Sycamore.

Early voting will also open at other locations in late October.

Doug Johnson, DeKalb County’s Clerk and Recorder, expects a big turnout this year.

"Knowing that it’s a presidential election -- if waiting until Election Day, you might have some lines to stand in. But if you early vote, you will have an opportunity to miss that," Johnson said.