Early voting begins this week across Illinois

Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 4:48 PM CDT
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(25 News Now) - Illinois residents can start casting their votes early starting Thursday.

Mail-in ballots will also be sent out this week. In Peoria County, the plan is to send out at least 12,000 mail-in ballots to voters who have requested them

Several key local races are on the ballot this election - including the governor’s race between incumbent Democratic JB Pritzker and challenger and Republican challenger Darren Bailey.

Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Elizabeth Gannon says making one’s voice heard is their civic duty.

“Everybody should play a part in democracy,” Gannon said. “You should vote. You should educate yourself, and cast a ballot, and there are a lot of different ways for you to do that.”

The cutoff to register for early voting and to request a mail-in ballot is October 23. You can register to vote in person on election day.

“You can register to vote on Election Day right up until 7 p.m.,” Illinois State Board of Elections spokesperson Matt Dietrich said. “We don’t necessarily advise voters to wait and do that then.”

You can check if you are registered to vote here at the State Board of Elections.