Early Voting Popularity

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Early voting appears to have gained in popularity this election. But the Illinois State Board of Elections won't have a tally until after tomorrow's balloting.

Executive Director Dan White says he's received reports from Chicago-area polling places that the number of early voters might have doubled from the method's debut in the March primary. Sixty-seven thousand people voted early then -- but that included absentee ballots.

The new law allows registered voters to show up at designated spots and cast ballots before Election Day without giving a reason. They need to show a valid photo I-D -- a stricter requirement than voting in the regular way.

White says other states adopting the method have lured as many as half of all voters to the polls early.

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