The first day of Early Voting in DuPage County has gone
smoothly, with hundreds of voters – some of whom lined up outside the DuPage
County Fairgrounds in Wheaton before dawn – having cast their ballots by
“We’re quite happy with how it’s gone today,” DuPage County
Clerk Jean Kaczmarek said. “Though the line of voters snaked through the
Fairgrounds parking lot today, people were patient, they practiced social
distancing, and everyone – voters, pollworkers, and my staff – worked together
to make this first day run smoothly.”
At 8 a.m. the doors to the polling place at the Fairgrounds
were opened and Kaczmarek announced, “the polls are open!”
At the close of the day, 660 voters had exercised their
right to vote at the Fairgrounds.
The site is open 8 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m. weekdays through Oct.
16, and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17. Hours, as well as the
number of Early Voting sites, expand on Oct. 19, when 18 sites all over the
county will open to voters offering touchscreen voting. The current Fairgrounds
site will offer paper ballots through Nov. 2.
Plenty of PPE, including hand sanitizer, masks, and latex
gloves, were available for voters. A professional cleaning crew wiped down
surfaces throughout the day at the Fairgrounds voting site.
“It’s great to see such enthusiasm by voters on the first
day,” Kaczmarek said, “but we still have 39 days until Nov. 3, and you can vote
on any of those days, either in-person or in the comfort of your home by mail
Thursday was also the day the Clerk’s Office began sending
mail ballots to voters. Those ballots should start showing up in mailboxes of
voters who’ve requested them soon.
“If you’ve applied for a mail ballot, there’s no need to
vote in person,” Kaczmarek said. “More than 159,000 DuPage County voters have
already requested mail ballots, and my office will make sure each of those
voters gets their ballot. Voters still have just over four weeks to request a
mail ballot, but we recommend that if you plan to vote by mail, you apply for
your ballot online
as soon as possible.
“This election may feel very different from any previous
election – from the masks and plastic shields at the polling places to the
disinformation coming from many quarters, but voting is still the same,”
Kaczmarek said. “There are three ways to vote – by mail, in-person before
Election Day, and in-person on Election Day. I urge voters to make the choice
that is easiest and safest for them.”
For the reliable election information, voters
are encouraged to visit the Clerk’s website at www.dupageco.org/election/ and to follow the Clerk’s office on Twitter