Early voting begins in Illinois and Iowa for November election

(AP) — Illinois and Iowa voters may begin casting their ballots for the Nov. 8 election.

Early, in-person voting starts Thursday, September 29 and runs through Nov. 7.

Hillary Clinton is kicking off early voting in Iowa on Thursday with a major effort to boost support in the battleground state.

The Democratic presidential candidate will deliver a speech in Des Moines focusing on the childcare challenges faced by middle class families, according to a campaign aide.

In many of Illinois' most populous counties, election officials will be operating multiple early voting centers. Some will be open on Saturdays.  In rural areas voters will cast ballots at their county clerk's office.

Related: How to register to vote 

Voters can find an early voting location by visiting the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

Steven Sandvoss is executive director of the state board. He says early voting has proven to be a popular option in Illinois because of the convenience.

In November 2012, more than 1 million voters cast ballots early. That was about 22 percent of the total ballots cast.