Election Day is almost here and a record number of Americans are registered to vote, that includes Winnebago County where there’s been a surge of early voters.
“We’re way over the 2,400 – 2,500 mark,” said County Clerk Margie Mullins.
Nationally, a record 146 million Americans are registered to vote this year, and that compares to 126 million in 2012. Illinois currently has the most registered voters in the state since 1970. The surge is partly due to a critical divide between the democratic and republican presidential candidates this year.
Early voting can be done at the County Clerk’s office, which will also be open Saturday and Sunday to accommodate early voters for the next two weeks. County Clerks are encouraging voters to come out early to avoid long lines on election day.
“This is the first time I’ve ever done it,” said early voter Linda Neill.
“[I] came down to vote so that I can concentrate on election day to actually get people out to vote,” said Jay Ferraro.
Mullins also believes that political fatigue could be a factor into why people are coming in early to cast their ballot.
“We all are tired of the commercials and we’re tired of listening to the debates and we’re tired of all the hoopla that goes on with elections.”