New Early Voting for Rochelle

In previous elections Rochelle residents had to drive all the way to Oregon if they wanted to vote early, but now they can stay in town.

"Since this is in Rochelle I like to try to keep everything local, try to do everything local in Rochelle that I can. I would have probably went over to Oregon but since this is here I'm going to use it." says Al Rogers, a Rochelle voter.

Ogle County Clerk Rebecca Huntley says they've seen more early voters this year than in past elections. She thinks the presidential race is the primary factor driving folks to the polls. "This election will be I think the fourth time we've had early voting and we've seen an increase, a huge increase."

Every Stateline county has seen an increase in early voters this election. "I work in Algonquin and I, with the commute going back and forth to Algonquin it just works out great to be able to come out and vote early." says Rochelle voter Sharon Rogers.

"Janet, my wife has kind of a bad back and if the weather gets cold and she has to stand in the long lines it gets kind of tough, but primarily we just got anxious and wanted to come and vote." adds Byron voter Neil Brown.

Both the Oregon and Rochelle early voting facilities conclude their elections on Thursday so if you want to skip Election Day lines, make it a point to vote sometime in the next three days.

Although all voting precincts may vote early in Oregon, only Dement and Flagg voting precincts may vote early in Rochelle. Voting hours are from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.

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