Early voting numbers higher than 2008 election

By WEEK Producer

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- In the last hours of the 2012 campaign season, the trail is still hot with politicians racing to reach voters on last time.

In Illinois, many turned out to cast their ballot early.  In fact, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections Director the number of early voters is up from those in 2008.

Statewide, more than 907,000 citizens early voted.

This compared to just over 872,000 in 2008.

Locally, 19 percent of registered Peoria County voters cast their ballots early, with 3 percent of those votes cast through absentee ballots.

That number is down from 23 percent in 2008 and it's the same for the city of Peoria.

Nearly 19 percent of voters cast their ballots early, the same amount as four years ago.

In McLean County, just 10 percent of residents took advantage of early voting, up slightly from the last presidential election.

For information on where you can cast your ballots on Tuesday, please visit http://elections.il.gov.

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