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OUR VIEW: Let your voice be heard, cast your vote

THE ISSUE: Voter registration

OUR VIEW: Know the deadlines, the process, and vote

Tuesday, Oct. 9, is fast approaching.

Why is that an important date?

It's the last day to traditionally register to vote for the Tuesday, Nov. 6 election. This can be done online at ova.elections.il.gov or at the La Salle County Clerk's Office, 707 E. Etna Road, Ottawa. Call 815-434-8202 with any questions.

All you need to vote is to be 18 years old by Election Day, be a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day and two forms of identification.

While presidential elections draw the most attention, this fall's election is an important one, because voters will be asked to select a governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, state representatives and senators, among other critical local questions, such as one in Streator that asks about retaining its form of government.

There is a grace period registration that begins Wednesday, Oct. 10, through Election Day. Grace period registration allows people to register past the traditional deadline or to change their address of where they vote, but grace period registration is only available in-person at designated sites.

Grace period voting is available at the county clerk's office and at some polling places during Election Day.

A specimen ballot can be found at the La Salle County Clerk's page at http://lasallecounty.org/specimen-ballot/ and one will run in The Times newspaper on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Also note these other important election dates:

Monday, Oct. 29: Last day to accept applications to vote for military and overseas voters.

Thursday, Nov. 1: Last day to accept vote by mail application.

Monday, Nov. 5: Last day for early voting in the office of election authority.

It's been said many times before, but voting shouldn't be taken for granted. It's the very power and voice each citizen has been granted in our democracy. This is one of the checks on government citizens have been granted.

We encourage everyone to let their voice be heard. Cast your vote.

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