SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – Innovations such as “early voting” can make any day Election Day – at least, today through Nov. 3 in Illinois, leading up to the official Election Day Nov. 6.
This is the second presidential election in which early voting has been available in Illinois, and it has become popular. State election officials, though, say it has made voting more convenient for people who are regular voters anyway; it has not created an increase in the total turnout, they say.
“Someone that maybe feels like they don’t know what the weather would be that day” is someone who might choose to vote early, says DeWitt County Clerk Dana Smith. “They’re not going to worry with it; they have a nice day, so they decide it will be easy to come into the office.”
Then there’s the myth of technology as savior.
“Once we had early voting going on and we processed the absentee (ballots) that’s in my office,” says Massac County Clerk John Taylor, who has been in office since 1991. “From the time I walked the memory card across the hall and put it into another computer, the battery chip died.”