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Get out the vote! Election Day is Tuesday

Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013 2:11 p.m. CDT

You probably already have the date circled on your calendar.

You probably already have an idea of who will get your votes for municipal and township offices and school board seats and on a slew of referendums, from electrical aggregation to school facilities taxes.

But those of you who haven’t the foggiest, do not worry: Election Day is tomorrow; you still have time to bone up on the candidates and the issues on the ballot and make arrangements to get to the polls.

Several hundred people in Lee and Whiteside counties have taken advantage of early or absentee voting, county clerks said.

As of midday Friday, in Whiteside County, more than 450 people had voted, either by mail or in person, Clerk Dana Nelson said.

Four years ago, the last time township races were on the ballot, 450 people voted early or absentee, Nelson said. Two years ago, when voter turnout was “poor,” only 170 people voted early or absentee, she said.

As of about the same time Friday, in Lee County, almost 800 people had voted, either by mail or in person, Clerk and Recorder Cathy Myers said.

Four years ago, nearly 700 people voted early or absentee, and 2 years ago, more than 450 people did so, she said.

Registered voters could vote early through Saturday and are allowed to cast absentee ballots by mail or in person through today.

The polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

County clerks expect turnout to be decent for a municipal election.

“I think there are some good races that will bring the people out,” Nelson said.

People who went to the polls in November won’t have trouble finding where to vote this spring: No polling sites have been changed since the presidential election.

To verify your registration or to find your polling place, call the Lee County clerk’s office at 815-288-3309 or the Whiteside County clerk’s office at 815-772-5189.

To read up on the candidates for local office and referendums on the ballot, go to http://shawurl.com/elections2013 for stories that have appeared in the Telegraph, Daily Gazette and SV Weekend.

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