Voters cast their ballots on an $18.8 million bond issue to fund jail renovations in Tuesday's Madison County primary.
While early voting began at the Madison County Clerk’s Office Sept. 29, early voting centers will open throughout the county Oct. 24.
“We are encouraging people to vote early or vote by mail to avoid Election Day lines,” Madison County Clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza said. “With early voting, you can vote before the observed Election Day at convenient locations throughout Madison County.
“Early voting makes voting easier for almost everyone. You don’t have to wait in line at the polling place and can vote when it fits your schedule.”
Early voting at assigned locations throughout Madison County begins 15 days prior to the election and continues until the day before Election Day. Voters may go to any one of the assigned locations to vote early.
Polling places will only be open for voting on the observed Election Day.
Even unregistered voters can vote early. Illinois allows voters to register in person all the way up to the day of the election.
Those registering will need to bring two forms of identification. One must have their name and current address, like a driver’s license or state-issued identification card. The other, which also needs to have their name on it, can be a piece of mail, Social Security card, passport or student ID.
“Illinois does not require a photo ID to register or vote,” Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza said. “If a voter is already registered, it will only take about five minutes to get a ballot. If a voter is not registered, it will take about 10 or 15 minutes to get them a ballot. There are a lot of referendums on the ballot this time, so it may take a little bit longer to complete the ballot.”
One referendum on the 2016 ballot will ask Madison County voters to consider lowering the maximum tax rate for general county purposes from .25 percent to .20 percent.
This change is proposed to reduce the funds available for general county purposes. The maximum levy extendable under the current rate is $11,668,189.65. The maximum levy extendable under the proposed rate would be $9,334,551.72.
For example, currently the maximum allowable tax extendable on a single family home with a fair market value of $100,000 is $83.33 under the current rate and would be $66.67 under the proposed tax rate.
Madison County voters can view specific ballots and learn other individualized voter information like registration status and polling place location at bit.ly/MadCoInfo.
The deadline to vote by mail is Oct. 11. Registered voters can get information at madisonvotes.com.
Early voting hours for Alton, Edwardsville and Granite City
Monday through Friday, Oct. 24-28, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to noon
Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday, Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Early voting locations
Madison County Administration Building, 157 Main Street, 1st Floor, Edwardsville
Law Enforcement Center, 1700 Broadway, Alton
Township Building, 2060A Delmar Ave., Granite City
Early voting hours for Southern Illinois University
Monday through Friday, Oct. 24 to Nov. 1, noon to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Early voting location
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Willow Room, Morris Center
Early voting hours for all other Madison County locations
Weekdays, Oct. 24 to Nov. 5, noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All other early voting locations
Lewis and Clark Community College, Ahlemeyer Atrium, Trimpe Advanced Technology Center, Godfrey
Latzer Memorial Public Library, 1001 9th Street, Highland
Madison Fire Station, 1800 3rd Street, Madison
Troy City Hall, 116 E. Market Street, Troy
Wood River Township Office, 33 S. 9th Street, East Alton