Illinois Corn encourages its members and leaders to vote in the upcoming elections at the local, state, and federal level. We believe in encouraging political engagement at the voting booth, as well as at other times as appropriate by phoning, emailing, or visiting your elected officials in person. As you know, election day is coming up on Tuesday. In Illinois, you do have opportunity to vote early if that is more convenient for you. To hear the audio version of this story, click here.
Early voting will take place at locations around the state through Monday the 7th. For a complete list of those locations in your county, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website at www.elections.il.gov. Registered voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason for wanting to vote early. This ballot is cast by personal appearance at the office of the election authority or at an Early Voting Center.
A major reason for early voting is to encourage greater participation in the election process. People who travel for business, work long hours or are otherwise inconvenienced by the hours the polls are open on Election Day may find it easier to vote early.
If you’re a traditionalist and want to vote on election day, the polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
The Illinois State Board of Elections will be responding to Election Day inquiries to assist voters at Tuesday’s November 8, 2016 General Election. The Chicago area telephone number is (312) 814-6440. For downstate voters, calls will be taken at the Board’s Springfield office at (217) 782-4141.
Election Specialists will be available Election Day from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. in Chicago and from 5:30 a.m. until Midnight in Springfield to answer questions and respond to complaints.