A sign outside the McLean County Government Center directs early voters to the correct polling location. (Photo By Paul Morello/WJBC)
By Paul Morello
BLOOMINGTON - One week before Election Day, McLean County and Bloomington election officials have seen a steady stream of early voters.
County Clerk Kathy Michael said Tuesday there's been about 2,100 early ballots cast.
"It's been steady. Very busy for early voting. There's a lot of excitement for people who are going on vacation or whatever to get in here and vote. It's gone pretty smoothly so far," she said.
The Bloomington Election Commission has seen about 2,700 early voters.
Not surprisingly, many early voters are casting their ballots simply because they won't be in town next week. Normal native Yvonne Harrison cast her vote Tuesday morning.
"It was fine for me. My husband had a little glitch but that was taken care of. We'll be watching my granddaughter play volleyball in South Carolina, and seeing my grandson who's going to grad school there," she said.
But, there are other advantages to voting early.
"The lines are a lot shorter," said Michael Pettorini, from Hudson, "So you can get in and out in just a few minutes instead of having to wait possibly a half hour or an hour."
Despite the early voter turnout, Michael said residents should still expect long lines on Election Day.
"There's always a lot of people who just love that day and they don't want to early vote or vote absentee. They want to go to the polls. So there will still be some good lines, but hopefully with early voting we'll lessen that a little bit," she said.
Early voting continues until Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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