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  • Writer's pictureMona Alrazzaq

Early voting opens for Champaign residents

Early voting sites for the Nov. 8 General Election are opening throughout Champaign County beginning Sept. 29 and will expand until a few days before Election Day.

Voting early is an option 40 days before Election Day at the Clerk’s office and also at additional sites in weeks prior to Election Day and throughout the county as well.

Every early voting site will be accessible to any voter or person eligible to be a voter in Champaign County for early voting and on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to the Champaign County Clerk’s office.

Early voting is the same as voting on election day in that a person cannot take their vote back once they cast it, regardless of how early it was placed.

In addition, the identification process is also similar to the one on Election Day. A voter will only be asked to show identification if they changed their registration information or if their signature does not match.

When voting in person, Champaign residents are being asked by the Clerk’s office to wear a face mask to protect themselves and others. Upon arrival, they will check in with election judges, and provide information and a signature.

Once the signature has been verified and matches the signature on record, they will be given the appropriate ballot. They will then take their voting booth where they will fill out the ballot and then place it in the tabulator machine.

Grace period registration and voting also begin on Oct. 12, where any person eligible to be a voter in Champaign County can go to an early voting site to register and vote at the same time.

A total of 64,124 early votes were cast early in Champaign County for the 2020 Election out of 137,818 total votes.

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