Long lines and a paper jam slowed voting Wednesday at the Moline Public Library, one of five early voting sites in Rock Island County.
As many as 50 people were in the line leading through the lobby and into the room set up for voting. Those in line said were long waits.
Carol and Paul S. Erickson, both of Moline, said while leaving that they waited an hour and a half to cast ballots. "We were told a machine broke down," Mr. Erickson said, adding the line wasn't longer than it would be on election day. The difference is on election day, the polls are staffed heavier, he said.
Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney said it is true on election day the polls will be staffed heavier and each polling place will have more voting booths. She said there were lines at each of the five early voting sites Wednesday, something people should expect during a presidential election, she said.
"Everyone in line is calm and patient," she said.
She spent an hour and a half at the Moline library. She said people there waited an average of 53 minutes and there was not a voting machine down, only a paper jam that took a couple of minutes to fix.
Early voting began at five locations in Rock Island County Monday. Since then, approximately 7,000 people have voted, Ms. Kinney said.
"One election day, the lines will be a lot longer and parking spaces a lot harder to find. A presidential election is always busy," Ms. Kinney said, adding the county opened three early voting sites in addition to the two it was mandated to have.
"Thank goodness they are able to vote here. If not, there would be some very long lines on election day," she said.
"Please be patient," Ms. Kinney advised those planning to vote early. "I am thrilled everyone is turning out to vote. I would be more concerned if no one was showing up."
Early voting began in Illinois on Monday and runs until Nov. 3, three days before the Nov. 6 election. 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
Grace registration runs into Nov. 3 and 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.
Today is Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 2013. There are 220 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The annual review of the fire department of this city took placeyesterday and made a fine showing with machines and hose carts in tip-top order. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Last night's prayer meeting at Central Presbyterian Church wascalled off due to water in the basement, residue of last week's flood. 1913 -- 100 years ago: The junior class of Rock Island High School will hold a riverexcursion on the steamer St. Paul next Tuesday. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The 75th Anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal today finds thenation's largest ordinance manufacturing plant filling many important orders for the army. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Miss Patrice Daly, Rock Island, a senior at Rock Island HighSchool, won second place in the recent state public speaking contest held in Peoria underthe auspices of the Knights of Pythias. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Hampton's sesquicentennial committee and the Hampton HistoricalSociety have scheduled a full slate of activities, which will be held throughout the year, to celebrate the village's 150th birthday. The first celebration will be the Memorial Dayprogram at 10 a.m. May 30, at the Brettun and Black Store Museum on River Road. Therewill be a sesquicentennial display.