URBANA — Absentee voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins today (Thursday, Sept. 27) in Champaign County and throughout Illinois.
Voters can go to the Champaign County clerk's website (http://www.champaigncountyclerk.com/), call the office (384-3724) or email it (email@example.com) and request a ballot by mail, said County Clerk Gordy Hulten.
They can also come into the office at 1776 E. Washington St., U, and vote by showing an identification card, including a driver's license or some other government-issued identification that includes a photograph.
Voting can be done during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Absentee voting continues through Friday, Nov. 2. To be counted, an absentee ballot has to be postmarked on or before Nov. 5, and arrive at the county clerk's office by Nov. 20.
Meanwhile, voter registration for the general election continues through Oct. 9.
Several special registration events have been held on the University of Illinois campus and throughout the community, Hulten said.
Upcoming registration events are scheduled for:
— 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Thursday) at the UI College of Education.
— 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the College of Education.
— 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., U.
— 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Whip Barbershop, 904 N. Fourth St, C.
— 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Almost 200 deputy registrars have been trained to register voters as well, Hulten said.
He said he expects to receive between 5,000 and 10,000 more voter registration applications by Oct. 9. Since the March primary election, about 20,000 voters have been registered in Champaign County, according to Hulten.
People also can register to vote during regular hours at the county clerk's office in east Urbana, or at three voter registration kiosks at the southeast entrance at the Illini Union, at the UI undergraduate library or at the college center at Parkland College.