February 27, 2006

Have you voted yet?

Why not?

Under newly enacted legislation, registered voters in Illinois can vote early beginning today. You don't need a reason or excuse anymore to vote early, all you need do is show up with a picture ID.

But where do I go to find out where to go and how it works you may ask. You'd think the Rock Island County Clerk's web site would surely have the answer, but you'd think wrong.

A check of their newly redesigned Rock Island County Clerk's web site reveals that despite a number of links and other information, including a FAQ on elections, there's not a word about this important new change in voting regulations, nor a clue as to the location voters can go if they wish to take advantage of it.

From other sources I've learned that early voting began today and runs through March 16th.

Anyone know where to go to vote early? I assume you can do it at the clerk's office, but that's a guess and I'm not aware if there are other voting stations.

Apparently, the County Clerk expects us to guess.


Thanks to a very helpful commenter, some information on early voting and grace period voting has been unearthed at the clerk's site.

Here is the page which explains many aspects of absentee voting, including early and grace period voting.

An election calendar is also available.

I was still unable to figure out where a voter would go if he or she wanted to vote early. Perhaps someone could provide that information as well?

Only minutes after asking this question, the webmaster of the county clerk's page had updated the page, added a link for early voting, included the location, and written to let us know.
Hat's off for the nearly instantaneous response.

Those taking advantage of early voting can do so at the County Clerk's office, on the first floor, 1504 Third Avenue in Rock Island.


At 2/27/2006 5:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have voted absentee in person a few times before. I assume the process is similar.

It is the building at the foot of the centennial, I think that is the clerks office. There are always signs to point you where to go inside.

At 2/27/2006 9:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on dope, are you serious? This is Illinois, I mean I have already voted five times.... hell my dad voted too, and he passed away in November. I love the smell of a ballot in the morning.

At 2/27/2006 10:00 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

anon.. ha!!! Excellent.

They did seem to leave the "and often" part out of their "vote early" campaign.

At 2/28/2006 7:39 AM, Anonymous The PFC said...

Got my absentee ballot sent in yesterday from overseas. It was refreshing voting. And now it just pisses me off when people can't be bothered to go 5 minutes out of their way to vote. Voting, its that funky funky boogaloo if I can do it, so can you.

At 2/28/2006 11:04 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

ha! Well put. Welcome to the show. Glad to know someone's keeping an eye on the area from abroad.

At 2/28/2006 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is information available on the County Clerk's new website regarding both early and grace-period voting. Early and grace-period voting are considered to be a form of absentee voting and you will find a link at the top of that page for both.

Also, if you go to the election calendar, on February 22nd grace-period voting begins and on February 27, 2006 it states that it is the first day for early voting. On March 7th the calendar says it is the last day for grace-period voting and on March 16th the calendar says it is the last day for early voting.

Information is also available on the Frequently asked questions page.

The links are as follows:
Elections Calendar at http://www.ricountyclerk.org/Elections.asp?id=789

FAQ's is at http://www.ricountyclerk.org/Elections.asp?id=797#EarlyVoting

Absentee Voting page is at http://www.ricountyclerk.org/Elections.asp?id=691#Early

At 2/28/2006 12:43 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon above.

Thanks for that very informative comment!

I thought I'd looked everywhere on the clerk's site, but obviously I missed this information.

Thanks again for providing it to readers here.

At 2/28/2006 12:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did a search on the County website for "Early Voting" and it came up with three items to search for this information. Use the SITE SEARCH on the Top Right hand part of the page to get these results

At 2/28/2006 1:37 PM, Anonymous Rock Island County Web Administrator said...

As the Rock Island County Web Administrator, I strive to provide as much information online as possible.

I apologize for omitting the details regarding the location where early and grace period voting takes place.

I have added the location, dates and times for early and grace period voting to the absentee voting page under the appopriate headings.

In addition to the above information I have inserted direct links to these areas of the absentee voting page under the Election Links section on the right hand side of the County Clerk's web pages. I hope these additions will make the information more accessible. Thank you.

At 2/28/2006 2:06 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

No need to apologize, believe me, I know how easy it is to overlook things. And your site is far, far more extensive than any I've dealt with.

New designs always are sort of rough drafts, with the goal to just get it up and running at first. Then once it all works, then you can tweak it.

I know that I certainly depend on people to spot mistakes or omissions, and that's how things get fixed and improve.

I think the reason I didn't find the information on early voting I was looking for initially is that I was expecting a link to the info to be featured somewhere on the home page due to its being a new change that people would obviously be seeking more information about.

I see you've now done just that. Excellent.

I also didn't associate early voting with absentee voting, thinking they were two separate things, which is likely why I neglected to check the asentee voting link.

You've done and are doing a good job of managing and presenting a huge amount of information. Good work, and thanks again for being so helpful and responsive.


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