October deadlines for Illinois voter registration, early voting

There are some very important election deadlines approaching as we near the November 2 general election date. This is an important election since ALL of the state’s constitutional officers are up including the race for Illinois governor; one of our two U.S. Senate seats; all 19 Congressional seats; all 118 House members; 21 of the 59 Senate seats and some key local offices.

You need to be aware of some key related dates of importance.

First and foremost, MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE! Traditionally, the deadline for registering to vote is 30 days prior to the election which is Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

However, Illinois also has established “Grace Period Registration” which authorizes residents to register to vote or change your address from October 6-26, 2010 at the office of an election authority. Under this type of registration you are required to cast your ballot at that same office (or by mail at the discretion of your local election authority).

Other options for voting in Illinois law include early voting, which is from October 11-28, 2010. *Be sure to check that first date. Since it is Columbus Day some sites may opt to begin on October 12. Election authorities in each county will announce the locations of Early Voting Centers.

Absentee voting is another option if you know that you will not be able to vote in person on Election Day. You can already request an application from your local election authority. The application to vote absentee can be made in person or by mail.

REALTORS®: Consider one of these two options if you are planning to attend the NAR Convention in early November and will be away from your residence on Election Day.


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About Julie Sullivan

Julie Sullivan is Director of Legislative and Political Affairs for Illinois REALTORS®. She assists in carrying out the legislative programs and policies of the Association, monitors and provides research and analysis on local, state, and federal legislation impacting the real estate industry, and represents the Association before the General Assembly, other elected officials, and other interest groups. She also prepares and coordinates materials related to the election of candidates for public office. Sullivan writes and edits State Capitol Report, the legislative newsletter of the Association, and contributes to the Illinois REALTOR® Magazine on governmental affairs issues. She also advises and provides staff support to the Public Policy and Governmental Affairs Member Involvement Group, the Realtors® Political Action Committee and various task forces and working groups which are appointed from time to time.

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