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Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

As the November election approaches, residents of Rock Island County and the rest of Illinois still have a chance to register to vote.
Next Tuesday, October 7th, will mark the end of registration for first time voters (ages 18 and up), new residents, residents with new addresses or name changes, and ex convicts. 
County Clerk, Karen Kinney, says people will still be able to register after the deadline, from October 8th through the 24th, during a grace period.
"There's many opportunities to vote this time. In fact, there's no reason not to--unless you just decide that you don't want to."
For the first time, the state of Illinois has allowed the clerks' offices to open for voting on the last two Sundays before the general election. 
Kinney says, "The governor is calling this 'Souls to the Polls,' and I think they're hoping that a lot of church people will come in and vote."
The Sunday voting will be held on October 26th and November 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm. 
To register to vote, residents can pick up an application at the Rock Island County Clerk's office, local unions, and political party offices. They will need a picture ID.
The general election will be held November 4th. 

Renata Sago is WMFE's general assignment reporter and occasional Morning Edition anchor. She covers everything from major political campaigns and unemployment to civil rights legislation and the performing arts for WMFE and NPR.