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Absentee voting has begun

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:12 a.m. CST

SYCAMORE – Absentee voting began on Sept. 27 and will continue through Monday, Nov. 5.

Election law has changed to allow both voting by mail and voting in person for absentee voting. Voters do not need to provide a reason for voting before Election Day.

To vote by mail, get an application for an absentee ballot from the DeKalb County Clerk’s office online or by calling 815-895-7147. You can also request an application by mail. Send requests to DeKalb County Elections, Attn: Absentee Ballot Application, 110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore, IL 60178.

Once your application is received, a ballot will be mailed to the address you specified. Complete and return the application as soon as possible to make sure you receive your ballot with enough time to send it back to the clerk’s office. Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, Nov. 1.

In order for the ballot to be counted, it must be postmarked by midnight Nov. 5 and must be received in the clerk’s office by Nov. 6. Ballots delivered to the office after Nov. 6 will not be counted.

The ballot should be mailed to the same address given above. A return envelope will be included with the ballot.

Absentee voters can also vote in person in the Liberty Room of the DeKalb County Legislative Center, 200 N. Main St. in Sycamore. Voting hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. It is recommended voters bring a valid photo ID to expedite processing. You do not have to give a reason you are voting early.

Voters wishing to vote in person before Election Day may do so up until 4 p.m. Nov. 5.

Early voting begins Oct. 22. There will be early voting locations in Kirkland, Sandwich and on the Northern Illinois University campus. More information on those locations will be released soon.

The official deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9. Grace period voting is from Oct. 10 until Nov. 3. Voters can register during the grace period, but must cast their ballot at the same time.

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