In Peoria County, about 1,200 people have cast their ballot with early voting ahead of Illinois’ General Primary Election on March 15.
Tom Bride, Executive Director of the Peoria County Election Commission, says expanded early voting is underway at the Commission Office, at satellite voting sites, and by mail.
“We’re a little behind where we were for the 2008 Primary, which was a Presidential Primary, but we’re well ahead of where we were in 2012.”
Bride says the latest numbers make sense to him, with there being so much interest in the top of the ballot this time around.
“In 2008, turnout was about 38-percent in the county. This year will be closer to that than to the 2012 Primary, when we saw less than 20-percent voter turnout. I’m thinking we’ll be into the 30’s–but, of course that could still change,” said Bride.
He says Peoria County’s Early Voting continues through Sunday, March 13th. But, how long you wait to vote determines where you can vote.
“We’ve got three locations (for early voting) this week, next week we’ll have four locations. Next Sunday, we’re at two locations, and Monday, the day before the election, you can only vote at our office,” said Bride.
Peoria County’s vote by mail continues through Thursday, March 10th.
He says if you haven’t registered to vote in the primary, you can take advantage of grace period registration at the Peoria County Election Commission Office through Monday, March 14. But, be prepared to vote the same day.
A final option is registering and voting on Election Day, Tuesday, March 15.
For information on voting in Peoria County, click HERE.
For information on voting in Tazewell County, click HERE.
For information on voting in Woodford County, click HERE.
(Photo: Courtesy of Peoria County Election Commission)