Illinois Early Voting Begins Thursday Ahead of Nov. 6 Election

Those who want to get a jump on the November election need not wait.

Early voting in Illinois begins Thursday across the state. But voters will have to visit their county clerk's office or the office of their local election authority to do so.

In Chicago, election officials say residents can early vote at the "super site" in the city's Loop. The site, located at 175 W. Washington St., also offers voter registration. It's open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays, according to the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. 

The "Loop Super Site" is the only place Chicagoans can vote early through Oct. 22, when early voting expands to include a location in all 50 wards across the city. On Oct. 31, four additional sites will open at Chicago universities, officials said. 

Across the state, those who aren't registered to vote may join the rolls at the time they cast their ballot. Online voter registration is also available through the Illinois State Board of Elections through Oct. 21.

The Nov. 6 election features races for governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, treasurer, and seats in the state House and Senate and in Congress.

According to the State Board of Elections, 1.4 million voters cast early ballots in 2016, a presidential election year. Two years before, there were 497,000 early voters.

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