More Illinoisans voted early this election


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Posted Online: Nov. 05, 2012, 3:03 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) More people took advantage of early voting in Illinois this year than in 2008.

Illinois State Board of Elections Director Rupert Borgsmiller said Monday about 907,000 voters cast early ballots. About 297,000 people requested absentee ballots.

That's up from 2008, when about 872,000 people voted early and about 156,000 requested absentee ballots.

President Barack Obama pushed early voting this year. He flew to Chicago late last month to cast his own ballot, making him the first sitting president not to vote in-person on Election Day.

Because Illinois does not require voters to select a political affiliation when they register, there's no way to tell if the increase favored one party.

Anyone who has not yet voted may do so at their polling place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday.














 



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