In Illinois, we have early voting. You can cast your ballot before election day. Just visit the office of the your County Clerk. In Williamson County the Circuit Clerk office is in the new Administrative Building beside the Courthouse at 407 N. Monroe St, in Marion.

Are you sure you registered to vote after the last time you changed your residence? If you’re not sure, you can check at by clicking “Am I Registered to Vote in Illinois, or calling your local County Clerk (998-2112 in Williamson County).

This year early voting begins on October 20. The Clerk’s office is open weekdays from 8:00 until 4:00 – you can vote anytime between those hours. On Saturday October 18th, Saturday October 25th and Saturday November 1st. In Williamson County you can vote at the Clerk’s office from 8:00 a.m. until noon on those Saturdays. Early voting ends on Saturday November 1 at noon. For other counties, call your clerk to see if voting on Saturday is an option.

If you haven’t yet registered to vote, you can still do so at your County Clerk’s Office October 8 through November 4. You can even register and still vote on election day.

To vote, in Williamson County, just enter the new County Government annex at its south entrance. You will be required to walk through a metal detector (so leave pocket knives, or nail clippers in your car).

Early voters must present something with their signature: such as a driver’s license, state ID, or voter’s registration card.

You will be given the same ballot you would get had you voted in your regular polling place.

Any registered voter who meets the above qualifications may vote early for any reason, or no reason at all.

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