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“Grace period” voter registration ends soon in Illinois

October 25, 2010

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The election is just over a week away. But voters in Illinois still have a couple days left to register to vote.

The “traditional” deadline to register to vote was three weeks ago. But the state allows a grace period for people who forgot or just didn’t get to it.

The non-registered have until close of business Tuesday to find their way to a select few locations where grace period voting is taking place. They can register and vote right there on the spot.

As of late last week, more than 1,600 voters had taken advantage of the late registration in Cook County. That’s far less than in 2008, but more than in 2006.

If voters are already registered, they too can cast their ballots early, up until Thursday at early voting sites all over the state.

Otherwise, voters can do it the old fashioned way, at their local polling place on Election Day, next Tuesday.

(From a report by Sam Hudzik, WBEZ Chicago)

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