Early voting started in Illinois on Monday and runs until Nov. 3, three days before the Nov. 6 election.
An estimated 6,000 ballots have been cast in Rock Island County, including absentee ballots and those who took advantage of the grace registration period, which also runs until Nov. 3, according to Rock Island County Chief Deputy Clerk John Brown.
Grace registration allows anyone not registered to vote to register at the Rock Island County Clerk's office. They must then vote straight after registering. Two forms of identification are required, and one must include the person's address.
Voters casting an early ballot must display a current driver's license, a state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph.
There are five early voting locations in Rock Island County:
- Rock Island County Clerk's Office, 1504 3rd Ave, Rock Island, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. - Western Illinois University, 3300 River Drive, Moline, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday - Silvis City Council Chambers, 121 11th St., Silvis, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday - Moline Public Library, 3210 41st St., Moline, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday - Milan Municipal Building, 405 E. 1st St., Milan, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday
Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.