Champaign County Sees Large First Day Early Voting Turnout

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Champaign County- Early voting in Illinois began Thursday, and Champaign County saw an unusually large number of people show up to vote. 

"It was very busy today, very steady, significantly busier than we have had for previous elections, we'll be over 200 by the end of the day." said Gordy Hulten, Champaign County Clerk. 

It is a trend that Hulten hopes will continue until the election. "The more people that vote early, it's a great convenience for them, and they can avoid the chaos of election day, and it makes for a less stressful election day for the voters who are voting on election day, and the judges" he said. 

After a federal judge ruled against same day voter registration in Illinois, early voting is now the only way for residents who have not registered to vote yet to vote the same day they register. "If you want to register to vote at the same time you can still do that at anyone of our early voting locations just not at your polling place on election day." Hulten said. 

Residents in Champaign County are able to vote at the Chamapaign County Clerk's office until the election. Beginning October 24th, 8 additional early voting locations will open to public, with a ninth becoming available on October 31st. 

Early voting locations and hours can be found at the Champaign County Clerk's website.

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