A growing number of voters are opting for the convenience that Illinois' early voting option brings, the Illinois State Board of Election reports. Almost 8 percent of those that participated in the 2010 General Election voted early.
But to make primary picks earlier than March 18th, voters will need to show a photo I.D. - something liberals consider "discriminatory" if required on Election Day.
State law requires that the identity of Early Voting applicants must be verified by the applicant’s presentation of an Illinois driver’s license, a non-driver identification card issued by the Illinois Secretary of State, a photo identification card issued by a university or college, or another government-issued identification document containing the applicant’s photograph.
State law provides that a permanent polling place for early voting must remain open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The law also provides that permanent polling places must remain open 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturdays and holidays and 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Voters should keep in mind that not all polling places are permanent and should confirm the hours with their election authority.