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Tazewell County sets early voting turnout record

Staff Writer
Pekin Daily Times

Tazewell County has seen record early-voter turnout, the county clerk’s office announced this week.

The previous record for early votes cast in a general election was 4,718 in the 2016 presidential election. But by the close of early voting Sunday afternoon, 7,187 Tazewell County residents had cast early ballots.

"We are amazed by the overwhelming heavy participation in early voting this year,” County Clerk John Ackerman said in a prepared statement. “My office thanks our amazing election judges for their commitment (to serving) our communities, as well as thanking the understanding citizens that waited in occasional long lines to cast their votes."

The county has already processed and mailed out 22,608 vote-by-mail ballots as well. The record for vote-by-mail participation was 2,800 ballots, again set in 2016.

Early voting will continue until the Nov. 3 general election. Off-site early voting locations in Morton, Washington, Tremont and East Peoria will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25. For more information, visit tazewell.com.