Early voting may boost election turnout

SYCAMORE – Early voting for the March 18 primary began last week, and continues through March 15 at four locations around DeKalb County.

About 11 percent of the ballots cast in both the April 2013 and November 2012 elections were cast early, according to DeKalb County Clerk and Recorder Doug Johnson.

Voters who live in Genoa, Kingston, Franklin, Mayfield and South Grove townships, can vote at the Kirkland Village Hall, 511 W. Main St. in Kirkland. Voters who live in Clinton, Paw Paw, Sandwich, Shabbona, Somonauk, Squaw Grove and Victor townships, can vote at the Sandwich Fire Station, 310 E. Railroad St. in Sandwich. Voters from anywhere in DeKalb County can vote at the county elections office, 110 E. Sycamore St. in Sycamore or the Blackhawk Annex of the Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Ave. in DeKalb, on the campus of Northern Illinois University.

The early voting locations are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday through March 15.

Grace period voting will take place at the DeKalb location and during normal business hours at the county elections office through March 13. The deadline to register to vote in the primary has passed, but grace period voting allows registered voters to make changes to their registration, such as changing an address. Voters must cast a ballot at the same time they come in to make those changes.

For more information, call the clerk’s office at 815-895-7147 or visit www.dekalbcounty.org/coclerk.

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