Early voting begins Monday

Early voting begins Monday

Early voting begins in Illinois on Monday and continues through Nov. 3.

In Champaign County, early voting will be available at eight separate locations every day, including Saturdays and Sundays.

For Vermilion County voters outside of Danville, early voting will be available at the county clerk's office on the second floor of the courthouse annex at 6 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Danville voters wanting to vote early will go to the Danville Election Commission offices on the first floor of the courthouse annex. Hours also are 8 to 4:30 Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

The Champaign County early voting generally begins at 8 a.m. Monday although not at all locations. For a complete list of the voting sites, their hours and which precincts can vote at which sites, see the county clerk website at http://www.champaigncountyclerk.com/elections/early_voting.html.

All voters in Champaign County will be able to early-vote at the county clerk's office, 1776 E. Washington St., U, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Hulten said he hopes that as many as 20 percent of Champaign County's votes will cast their ballots before Election Day, Nov. 6.

"I'd like to get 15,000 votes cast by then by both absentee and early voters combined," he said.

Hulten said he is expecting a turnout this year similar to the nearly 85,000 Champaign County voters who cast ballots in November 2008.

The other early-voting sites in Champaign County — each of which can serve between 10 and 20 designated precincts — are at the Illini Union, the Spalding Recreation Center in north Champaign, the Meadowbrook Church in southwest Champaign, Grace Church in Mahomet, the Rantoul Recreation Center, the St. Joseph Village Annex and the Tolono Public Library. Each also has different hours for early voting.

The approximately $17,000 expense of instituting a broader early voting system this year — there were just two early-voting sites for the 2010 general election — comes from cost savings in other areas, said Hulten.

The only cost of early voting, Hulten said, is to staff the sites. Each of the locations is being made available to the county free of charge.

Voters with questions about early voting should consult the county clerk's website or call 384-3720.