MACHESNEY PARK (WREX) — Winnebago County election officials announce a new early voting location for county residents who live outside the city of Rockford.
Harlem Township agreed to allow its facility to serve as an early voting location, according to Winnebago County Clerk Lori Gummow. The township hall is located at 819 Melbourne Ave., Machesney Park.
Winnebago County residents outside Rockford city limits will be able to vote during Illinois' two-week early voting period, which begins Monday, March 2 and continues through Monday, March 16.
The township hall will be open the following hours for early voting:
Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 6 - 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, March 9 – Friday, March 13 - 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday, March 16 - 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“Our goals of early voting are to increase voter participation and relieve congestion at polling locations on Election Day,” Gummow said. “Early voting at off-site locations help alleviate lines by spreading out the opportunity to vote over 14 days plus Election Day, so that working people can decide for themselves which location and time best fits their family schedule.”
Early voting for residents who live outside the city of Rockford is also still taking place at the Winnebago County Administration Building, 404 Elm St., Rockford during the following hours:
- Monday – Friday, Feb 6 - March 6 - 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Saturday, March 7 - 9 a.m. – noon
- Monday – Friday, March 9 – 13 - 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday, March 14 - 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, March 15 - 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Monday, March 16 - 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
On primary election day, Tuesday March 17, voters are asked to go to their polling place to vote. Polls are open between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Clerk Gummow reminds Winnebago County residents that they can register to vote or make changes to their name and address during early voting. People who need to update their registration must provide two forms of ID with their correct name and address.
People wishing to receive an absentee (vote by mail) application can apply online by visiting the Clerk’s website until Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. Additional information regarding the candidates or the referendums can also be found on the website winnebagocountyclerk.com/election-information.