Early Voting

EARLY VOTING INFORMATION

WHAT IS EARLY VOTING?

Registered voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason for wanting to vote early.

WHY DO WE HAVE EARLY VOTING?

A major reason for early voting is to encourage greater participation in the election process.  People who travel for business, work long hours or are otherwise inconvenienced by the hours the polls are open on Election Day may find it easier to vote early.

WHO CAN VOTE EARLY IN THE CITY OF EAST ST. LOUIS?

Any qualified voter within the city limits of East St. Louis may vote prior to Election Day.  This ballot is cast by personal appearance at the office of the East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners.

WHERE IS EARLY VOTING HELD WITHIN THE CITY OF EAST ST. LOUIS?

Early voting will be conducted at the following temporary early voting site:  East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners Office, 301 River Park Drive, Suite 300, East St. Louis, Illinois from Thursday, February 23, 2017 through Monday, April 3, 2017.

Regular office hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the office will be open until 7:00 p.m., only.

In addition, extended early voting will be held during the following weekend hours:

  • Saturday, February 25, 2017:       9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017:              9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Saturday, March 11, 2017:            9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017:            9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Saturday, March 25, 2017:            10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017:                  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

IS ELECTIONEERING ALLOWED AT THE EARLY VOTING SITE?

No.  Electioneering is prohibited at the early voting site and a campaign-free zone will be established like it is at the polling place on Election Day.

CAN A PERSON REQUEST AN EARLY VOTING BALLOT IF THEY WERE ALREADY ISSUED A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?

Yes.  A qualified voter, to whom a vote by mail ballot was issued, may vote early if he or she submits that vote by mail ballot for cancellation to the judges or election official conducting early voting.  If the voter is unable to submit the vote by mail ballot, it shall be sufficient for the voter to submit to the judges or election official (i) a portion of the vote by mail ballot if the vote by mail ballot was torn or mutilated or (ii) an affidavit executed before the judges or election official specifying that the voter never received a vote by mail ballot or the voter completed and returned a vote by mail ballot and was informed that the election authority did not receive that vote by mail ballot.

Inquiries may be made to the East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners by phoning (618) 482‑6672.