Voters encouraged to vote early, use absentee ballots

By WEEK Producer

September 14, 2012 Updated Sep 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM CDT

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. -- The 2012 elections are just 8 weeks away, with early voting beginning October 22. 

However, in Normal, the location for early voting has changed.

"Because of the structure of their new building, it is not as condusive for voters to have access. So we are going to have it at College Avenue Baptist Church in Normal," said Kathy Micheal, McLean County Clerk.

Early voting will also be available at ISU's Bone Center and the McLean County Clerk's office.      

Also in this election, voters also have the option of absentee ballots.

"Four years ago, you actually had to have an excuse to vote absentee," explained Tom Bride, Executive Director of the Board of Election Commissions. "Now anybody can vote absentee by mail or in person without an excuse."

Election officials say absentee ballots and early voting allows citizens to avoid the expected long lines, expected during a Presidential election year.

To request an absentee ballot or check your voter registration status visit http://elections.il.gov.     

Registration closes October 9.

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