Hot presidential race sparks early voting in Henry County, Illinois

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After a bizarre weekend of protests and heated rhetoric, the 2016 presidential campaign is sparking early vote totals in Henry County.

Randy and Janice Rutherford, Geneseo, are part of a growing trend.

"We need to get down there, and get this done," she said.

They're able to register and vote during one trip to the Henry County Courthouse on Monday.

"Getting down and doing it today made it possible for us to vote," he said.

That explains a busy pace at the Henry County Clerk's office in Cambridge, Illinois.

"People can come and vote early for no reason at all," said Henry County Clerk Barb Link.  "They don't want to stand in lines on Election Day."

After recording more than 800 early votes before the Illinois Primary, Henry County is more than doubling its 2012 early totals.

Early voting in Rock Island County, however, is just average.

"There's a lot at stake here," said Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney.

About 7,500 early votes logged in Rock Island County as of Monday.

Illinois Primary voter turnout is expected to reach 25-30% in both counties.

"They need to do their homework," Kinney added.  "It does speed up the process if they do."

RealClear Politics show a neck-and-neck race between Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in Illinois.

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump holds about a 9% edge over Ted Cruz there.

"Oh wow," Janice Rutherford said.  "I think everybody has an opinion."

"A lot of different opinions," Randy added.  "People are really interested and concerned about what's doing to happen."

In Henry County, popular early voting could preview a big primary turnout on Tuesday.

"Every vote counts," Link concluded.  "We've seen it in the past.  All it takes is one vote to make a winner."

Henry County voters can still register and vote on Tuesday.

But they must come to the courthouse in Cambridge between 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Check http://www.henrycty.com for more information.

 

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