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Our View: Early voting now available

Published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013 9:08 a.m. CDT

If you just can’t wait to cast your ballot in April’s consolidated election or have a conflict on Election Day – April 9 – there’s good news: Early voting has started.

Through April 6, voters can cast a ballot without having to offer a reason for wanting to vote early. To do so, a registered voter must show a valid photo ID. Once you vote early, you can’t show up at your polling place on Election Day and revoke your early ballot.

In McHenry County, early voting will be conducted at the McHenry County Administration Building, Algonquin Township offices, Crystal Lake Municipal Complex, Huntley Park District, Lake in the Hills Village Hall, McHenry City Hall, McHenry Township offices, Nunda Township offices, Dunham Township office and Marengo City Hall.

A list of each location’s early voting hours can be found on the McHenry County Clerk’s website.

If you aren’t a registered voter, you still can vote via grace-period voting through April 6. Grace-period voting allows you to register to vote and vote in the election. However, you must cast your ballot at the time you register to vote.

Whether you are voting early or on Election Day, it is important to know whom you are voting for and where each candidate stands on the issues facing your community. Every position up for election on this ballot involves spending your money as a taxpayer.

Before you vote, be sure to visit the Northwest Herald’s Election Central website (elections.nwherald.com). On it, you’ll find candidate election questionnaires, videotaped introductions from some candidates, and the stories the Northwest Herald has written in advance of the election.

If you have early voting or grace-period voting questions, call the McHenry County Clerk’s Office at 815-334-4242.

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