Early voting starts

By Anna Yee

October 22, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- If you don't like putting up with long lines, you might want to get voting.






Click here for Peoria City and County early voting sites

Click here for McLean County early voting sites (excludes City of Bloomington residents)

Click here for City of Bloomington early voting polling places (listed by precinct)

For more information call:

Peoria County Clerk Elections Sections (309) 672-6070
Peoria Election Commission Office
McLean County Law & Justice Center (309) 888-5370
Bloomington Board of Election Commission (309) 888-5136.



Both Peoria City and County residents can vote at the Peoria County Courthouse at 324 Main Street (Room 101) in downtown Peoria, seven days a week, and city residents only at the Peoria Election Commission Office at 524 SW Adams St (Adams & Walnut). 

Most McLean County voters can head to the Law and Justice Center at 104 W Front St in Bloomington.


The Peoria County Clerk says he hopes this option empowers more voters to exercise their right to cast a ballot.


Early voting starts today for the November 6th General Election.

In 2008, about a quarter of total Peoria county and city voters came in early to vote.

Grace period voting is also an option for those who still have not registered or have changed their address.

Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker says anyone can vote early and hopes more people take advantage of the booths open now through November third.


"You can request an absentee ballot without giving any reason whatsoever," said Sonnemaker. "They've added early voting which is relatively new and the grace period voting, which is all relatively new. So, it makes it more convenient, easier for people to vote."

Remember to bring a photo ID with you to vote.

"Many people have fought and died for freedoms in our country to give us that right, but it's up to the individual," said Sonnemaker. "A lot of issues that concern and impact all of us as Americans, and this is one way you can express your opinion."

Hundreds of voters showed up around polling places in Peoria the first day of early voting.

"You don't have the big long lines, so it's just convenient," said Maria Lafollett, of Brimfield.

"You know, I work all the time," said Paul Wolven, of Peoria, "so I just wanted to make sure I had the time to do it and didn't wait and possibly miss it. I wanted to make sure I voted."

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