Illinois voters can cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason or an excuse for wanting to vote early.
A major reason for the new law is to encourage greater participation in the election.
Approximately 35 other states allow some form of early voting, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.
For the April 4th, 2017, Consolidated Election, early voting will be conducted at the Henry County Courthouse, as a temporary site, in the office of Barbara M. Link, Henry County Election Authority.
Early voting begins on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, and ends on Monday April 3rd, 2017. Hours for early voting are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The County Clerk's Office will also be open on the following Saturday: April 1, 2017 from 8:00 a.m - 12:00 p.m. for early voting.
The law prohibits a person who voted during the early voting period from voting at the polls on Election Day. The votes cast during the early voting time period will not be counted until after the polls close on Election Day.