Preparing for Election Day

Andrew Holm is a first time voter. He'll be out of town on November 2, so he stopped by the Rockford Board of Elections to cast an absentee ballot.

"If you're unhappy, the only way to make a change for the average citizen is to get out and vote," says Andrew Holm.

"It's faster right now to come down to the office and vote because we have to mail applications to people and they have to return them and have them back by Thursday," says Nancy Strain, supervisor for the Rockford Board of Elections.

Strain says they've already received around 3,000 absentee ballots and she expects that number to grow dramatically.

There are more than 87,000 registered voters in Rockford and Strain says she's expecting a big turnout at the polls this year.

"We've had a lot of phone calls; people making sure they're registered," says Strain.

There won't be any talk of hanging Chads in Rockford. The city has used an optical scan voting system since 2000, but will we know the outcome of the election on the second?

Strain says probably not and that's due to provisional ballots, which are required in all states for the first time this year.