It’s Election Day – the polls are open
SYCAMORE – More than 900 people turned out for early voting Monday ahead of the general election, according to the DeKalb County clerk and recorder’s office.
More than 8,620 people had voted early as of 3 p.m., beating the rush before the general election Tuesday, DeKalb County Clerk Doug Johnson said. The DeKalb County Legislative Center in Sycamore saw the largest turnout with 4,972 voters. The count of early voters at the DeKalb Township location was 1,563, and 989 early voters visited the Northern Illinois University Holmes Student Center location, Johnson said.
There were 368 early votes cast at the Kirkland location and 728 at the polls in Sandwich, both of which were closed for early voting after Sunday.
“It’s probably more than what I would expect,” Johnson said.
Johnson said early voting numbers keep increasing every year, likely a sign people are becoming more comfortable with the process. He said voters also thought that early voting was less secure than voting, although he wasn’t sure why.
With Johnson’s office seeing increased early voting turnout, he said, he’s anticipating a similar trend with voter turnout overall.
“I think our numbers will continue to climb from here on out,” Johnson said.
Johnson said none of the ballots cast early would be counted until Election Day. He said the clerk’s office won’t have a count for each race until about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Johnson said 1,372 people voted by mail in the county as of 10 a.m. Monday. He said that wasn’t a huge number, proportionally, and was about the same as had been observed in previous elections.
“It’s there, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary,” Johnson said.
Most voters can request a provisional ballot Tuesday if they are turned away at the polls because their voter registration is not on record. But that might be less of a concern in a state such as Illinois, which has same-day voter registration, according to Snopes.
In light of concerns across the country of people being turned away at the polls, Johnson said DeKalb County has a motto of “no voter turned away.” He said there were a lot of people this election cycle who were mailed vote-by-mail applications by the Democratic Party specifically, and one thing people should keep in mind is that they can’t vote on Election Day if they already voted by mail.
“We have had problems like that in the past,” Johnson said.
Johnson said a few precincts changed their polling locations this election, including Milan Township moving to Calvary Lutheran Church, 19 Perry Road in Lee, and the 3rd and 7th precincts within Sycamore moving theirs to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 26555 Brickville Road.
Otherwise, he said, not a lot has changed procedurally for this election cycle, and there were no new state laws to implement ahead of Tuesday’s election.
For those who aren’t sure of where to find their polling place, Johnson said, that information can be searched for on the DeKalb County clerk’s website.
“Remember that from 6 a.m. to
7 p.m., get in and vote,” Johnson said.
When are polls open?: 6 a.m. to
7 p.m. Those in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
What if I’m not registered?: Polling places in DeKalb County will provide same-day registration, whether you have changed your name or address or are registering new. You must be 18, a citizen, an Illinois resident for 30 days, and not be registered to vote in another state. You need two forms of ID, including one with a current DeKalb County address.
Where’s my polling place?: Visit dekalb.il.electionconsole.com/voter-lookup.php to find your precinct and polling place, or call the elections office at 815-895-7149.
Can I register anywhere else?: Yes, the county has three Election Day registration centers at the DeKalb County Administration Building,
110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore; Holmes Student Center on the NIU campus in DeKalb; and the DeKalb Township Building, 2323 S. Fourth St., DeKalb.
What if I don’t have proof of residency?: You can submit a provisional ballot. If you prove your residency to the elections office within a week, your vote will be counted.