Early voting makes final push day before election

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – Those wishing to avoid waiting in long lines on Election Day weren’t so lucky. At the Rock Island County Clerk’s office, some voters waited up to two hours to cast their ballot before tomorrow.

Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney says early voting in Rock Island is higher than it was for the last presidential election.

“We’re up by about 28 thousand early voters and the day’s not over,” says Kinney. “At this time four years ago, we were at a little more than twenty thousand. It’s a significant increase.”

Across the river, Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz says the numbers are pretty consistent.

“In 2012, there were 43,000 ballots returned,” says Moritz. “This year we have 43,000 that have been requested. So it’s always a matter of how many of those requests those ballots actually get back in.”

For those planning to vote tomorrow, election officials remind everyone to double-check they are headed to the right polling location. In some instances, it may have changed from last year.

“Should they go to the wrong center, they will be directed to the right polling place,” says Kinney.

She adds voters can call (309) 786-VOTE to find out where their polling location is. Moritz encourages voters in Scott County to check their website.

If voters aren’t registered, election officials remind voters they need to be sure to bring the right documents with them to register on site.

“If you have a valid driver’s license with a picture on it, that has your current address and an expiration date, that’s all you need,” says Moritz. “If you don’t then you need to bring something that proves who you are with a picture and where you live.”

In Illinois, polls open at 6am and close at 7pm. In Iowa, polls open at 7am and close at 9pm.

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