Barbara Walker has voted in every election since 1936. So long lines of early voters at the Rockford Board of Elections Wednesday weren't going to stop her. "I'm 94 years 7 months old and I voted for years and years. I would never skip voting ever."
An increase in early voters this year has election officials expecting a record turnout on Tuesday. Winnebago County Clerk Margie Mullins says, "We're figuring 75, 80 percent turnout. Four years ago we only had 60, which was good, but this is definitely going to surpass what we did four years ago."
For those who haven't registered to vote in Illinois, it's too late. For those of us in Rockford who have registered and wish to avoid long lines on election day, Thursday is our last chance. The Board of Elections is the only place you can go and it's only open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. For Winnebago county residents, voting is open Thursday at the county building across from the Metrocentre from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday at 8500 E. State Street from 8 am to noon.
Al Baumgardner tells us why he thinks it's important to vote, "Well I think that's what makes the United States great is the independence and the ability to you know, vote and voice your opinion through the vote."
Polls will be open on election day from 6 am until 7 pm.
Tomorrow is the last day for early voting in Boone, Ogle and Stephenson counties.
Boone county voters must report to the clerks office between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm.
Stephenson county voters must report to the courthouse between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Ogle county voters can report to the courthouse in Oregon from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or the Flagg Township Building in Rochelle from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.