Early voting begins today

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Voters can begin casting early ballots today in the statewide primary election set for March 18.

Registered voters can head over to Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St., and begin voting today. Early voting runs through March 15. Voting hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Voters must show a valid ID such as a driver's license, state-issued ID card, university or college ID or other government-issued identification with a photograph. More information about the election is available at the Cook County Clerk's website at http://www.cookcountyclerk.com and the League of Women Voters of Oak Park/River Forest website at http://lwvoprf.org/files/lwvcc_voters_guide.pdf.

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 7:14 PM

If it's about making sure that the voter gets the right ballot, wouldn't their voter registration card suffice? Why a photo ID? (Said the voter who recently moved, who was issued a new voter registration card, but whose photo ID--drivers license--still has her old address).

Dreamer from Oak Park  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 5:48 PM

Couldn't agree more!Allowing politicians to draw the districts means they choose their constituents,rather than the other way around-as it should be.For instance,in 2010,it was described as a landslide when repubs picked up 60 seats.Landslide,60 out of 435?And OVER half are uncontested because of the way the boundaries are drawn.Fairer districts would lead to actual contests and politicians who listened to the concerns of their constituents.BTW over 45,000 dead people still registered in Cook Co

Disenfranchised from Oak Park  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 4:00 PM

Regardless of what goes on in red states, what went on in the eighteen hundreds, or what went on in the 1960's, the current reality is that Dems control the process here in Illinois and have done everything possible to keep it that way. We live in a congressional district which has been gerrymandered to keep re-electing Danny Davis and his ultimate heir.

RF from OP  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 9:52 AM

545. what voter fraud? scrambling for new "reasons"? hahaha

OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park   

Posted: March 4th, 2014 8:41 AM

Boy, it's fun getting the lefties shorts in a ball...please, Gail. The DNC talking points about "red state voter exclusion" are getting tired. The fact that it's an outright lie doesn't fit the "progressive" narrative, so fostering said lie is OK in your world. Ms. Powell has it correct. Voter ID is to benefit the voter. Period. If you're against voter ID, you're for vote fraud. Period. Own that, "progressives". Bill D, the Dems allowed Jim Crow by their southern racists, thus owning it too.

Teresa Powell  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 7:58 AM

The reason for an ID for early voting is to assure that voters get the right ballot for their precinct, since all suburban Cook voters can vote here. In your precinct, there are only the local ballots for that precinct.

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: March 4th, 2014 2:04 AM

So you don't need to show a photo ID when you vote on voting day, but for early voting, per state law, you do. Ya learn something new every day. http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/newsroom/newsfromclerk/Pages/EarlyVotingstartsMonday,March3.aspx

Dreamer from Oak Park  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 7:59 PM

As I read the story above;a photo ID is required.Isn't that what "red states" want to require?

Gail Moran from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 6:22 PM

Proud of Illinois progressive voter inclusion policies (as opposed to red state voter exclusion policies).

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 6:00 PM

Doesn't take much to stir the pot, I guess.

Bill D  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 4:03 PM

Try getting the history right yourself, Res. Jim Crow was NOT a Democratic policy. It was the racist policy of southern Democrats lead by uber-racist Strom Thurmond. After a Democratic President, Lyndon Johnson, lobbied hard to get the 1964 Civil Rights Act passed, he commented: I fear we've lost the south for at least the next two generation.-- Southern Democrats responded to the passage by throwing in their lot with the GOP, leading to Nixon's race baiting "Southern Strategy."

OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 3:43 PM

Average, you are a childish moron, who also doesn't know history. Republicans approved both Woman's Suffrage and the '64 Civil Rights Act by a larger % than did Democrats. Jim Crow was a Democrat policy. Of course, so is vote fraud, ghost payroll, dead voters, hanging chads, etc. Cook County being the prime example. Please grow up.

Average Republican  

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 3:05 PM

First we let blacks vote, then women, now early voting? VOTER FRAUD!

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