You Can Vote Early

By Emily West

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM CDT

If you know whom you want to vote for, go ahead and vote!

Early voting begins today in Illinois. This is the fifth election for early voting in the state.

You can participate in this process through the end of January and your vote will count just as it would if you voted on February 5.

Thomas Bride with the Peoria Board of Elections said, "It's going to be counted just like all the other equipment. It will probably will be the first stuff counted the night of elections, but nothing gets counted until seven o'clock on election night."

You do have to bring a picture I-D to vote early, but you can vote at any of the city's three locations.

The Election Commission office is open seven days a week. You can also vote at the Care and Treatment Board at the corner Knoxville and Frye and at Midstate College. Both are open Monday through Saturday.

All locations are open on Martin Luther King Junior's birthday.

Tune in for a debate tonight on WEEK-TV from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. featuring the three Republican candidates to replace Ray LaHood as 18th District Congressional representative from central Illinois.

It is sponsored by the peoria Journal Star, the League of Women Voters and WEEK-TV.

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