ELMHURST, IL — Yes, the presidential race is outshining the rest of them in the Nov. 3 election. But perhaps the most competitive local race is the one for 47th District state representative.
In the contest, Rep. Deanne Mazzochi, R-Elmhurst, faces Jennifer Zardoni, D-Clarendon Hills. Both are lawyers. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are pouring into the race.
Elmhurst has one early voting location. It's at Elmhurst City Hall, 209 N. York St. It is open through Oct. 31. Its hours are from 8:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The following DuPage County permanent early voting locations will be available for early voting through Nov. 2, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
, 401 N Addison Rd, Addison
, 3s002 Rt 53, Glen Ellyn
, 700 S. Bartlett Rd, Bartlett
, 3s200 Rt 59, Warrenville
, 8255 Lemont Rd, Darien
, 801 Burlington Ave, Downers Grove
, 2015 W Manchester Rd, Wheaton
, 195 Fox Valley Center Dr, Aurora
, 25W530 75th St, Naperville
, 1000 Unit #40 Rohlwing Rd, Lombard
, 5900 S. Rt 53, Lisle
, 400 S. Eagle St, Naperville
, 2011 S. Washington St, Naperville
, 152 Stratford Square Entrance 3, Bloomingdale
The Shops At Yorktown #42, Lombard
The following temporary early voting locations will be available through Oct. 31. These locations will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn
, 7400 Cass Ave, Darien
Whether you plan to vote by mail or in person, here's everything you need to know about casting your ballot in Illinois:
Election date: Nov. 3
Registration deadlines: Nov. 3 (in person); Oct. 18 (online)
Online registration: Yes
Same-day registration: Yes
Early voting started: Sept. 24 (ends Nov. 2)
Absentee/mail voting deadline(s): Nov. 3 (postmarked); Nov. 17 (received)
Not sure if you're already registered to vote? You can find out here.
The deadline to register to vote online is Sunday, Oct 18 (the postmark deadline to register by mail was Oct. 6).
If you're voting by mail
Voting by mail is available to all Illinois voters prior to Election Day. Voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot through the mail or in person.
Everyone who has voted in any election since November 2018, and who has registered to vote or has updated their voter registration since March 18, 2018, was sent an application to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
The first day to file an application to vote by mail was June 16. The last day is Oct. 29.
Voters can file their application to vote by mail online by sending it via mail to their county clerk's office or by dropping it off in person at the county clerk's office.
What to do with your mail-in ballot
Ballots will come with a return envelope and can be returned by mail.
Those who have concerns about their ballots being shipped via the U.S. Postal Service can also drop off completed ballots at drop boxes in their voting jurisdiction. (Find a list below)
Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, or they will not be counted. If a ballot envelope is placed in a mail drop box on or near Election Day, that envelope may be postmarked late and will not be eligible to be counted.
Where are the mail-in ballot drop boxes?
DuPage County: Drop box at the parking lot and main entrance of the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, 421 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton, or any DuPage County early voting site and polling place. List of early voting sites and polling places here.
McHenry County: McHenry County Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock
Voting in person
If you've voted in Illinois before, you don't need to provide ID to vote
You may need an ID if:
An election judge challenges your right to vote
You registered to vote by mail and did not provide ID
If you are also registering to vote or changing your registration address on the day that you vote
Poll times: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you are already in line to vote when the polls close, you still have the right to cast your ballot
Where to vote: Find your polling place here (you can also find this and a sample ballot on your county clerk's website)
Staying safe: Aside from wearing a mask and staying 6 feet away from other voters, you can also minimize risk by voting early to avoid long lines to vote.
What and who are on the ballot?
Fair tax amendment: This "yes or no" ballot initiative will ask voters to approve a change to the state constitution that will allow lawmakers to set a graduated income tax rather than the flat tax that currently exits.
Presidential race: While the ballot contains candidates from the Green party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, American Solidarity party and Libertarian party, it comes down to President Donald Trump/Vice President Mike Pence vs. Democratic former Vice President Joe Biden/U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris.
U.S. Senate: Incumbent Democrat Dick Durban faces off against Republican Mark C. Curran Jr., Willie Wilson (of the Willie Wilson Party), Green party candidate David F. Black and Libertarian Danny Malouf.
Depending on where you live, you will also likely see Congressional races, state House and Senate races and countywide races.