Early voting begins for March 17 primary election

GENEVA – By midday Thursday, 41 people cast ballots for early primary voting at the Kane County Clerk’s offices in Geneva and Aurora.

And among them was Hector Velazquez, a deputy clerk.

Sporting a sticker proclaiming “I voted early,” Velazquez said he hoped people would step up and vote in the March 17 primary election.

“It’s our civic duty,” Velazquez said. “I would hope that people would go out (and vote). We have plenty of options here at the county – especially with voting by mail. There’s really no excuse. There’s early voting here at the county which expands to different early voting sites throughout Kane County and vote by mail.”

Feb. 6 was the first day of early voting for the primary election. Early voting for the primary will continue until March 16, the day before the primary.

Kane County Clerk John Cunningham said he was encouraging people to do mail-in ballots.

“We have over 1,000 applications for vote by mail already,” Cunningham said. “The Democrats are voting more than the Republicans. … Last time, we had eight or nine Republicans in the presidential … and the delegates. So we expected that.”

Cunningham said his office also has a voter outreach program with more than 40 electronic signs urging people to register and vote.

Cunningham urges people to vote by mail because it makes polling places less crowded on election day.

Those registering to vote will need to provide two forms of identification. The last day to register to vote in the primary is Feb. 18.

Early voting is at the Kane County Clerk’s Office, 719 Batavia Ave., Geneva and at a satellite office, 5 E. Downer Place, Aurora

The offices will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For examples of acceptable identification, visit www.kanevotes.org as well as to view early voting sites under the blue “Vote” button.

For more information, call 630-232-5990.

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