Early voting for the March 18 primary began Monday for early and absentee voters in the metro-east.
Absentee and early voters have less than two weeks to vote. Absentee voters, or those who plan to be away from their polling place on election day, have been able to vote in Madison County at the Madison County Courthouse since Feb. 6. Absentee voters in St. Clair County have been able to vote since Feb. 7 at the St. Clair County Courthouse.
Absentee voters in both counties will be able to vote through March 17.
Applications for an absentee ballot must be mailed to the county where the voter lives. In either Madison County or St. Clair County, applications must be received by either clerk's office by March 13. Those in the military or those civilians overseas must have an application mailed and received in the clerk's office by March 10.
Early voting runs through March 15 at the county courthouse in the county where you live. In St. Clair County, early voting will also be held from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday at:
* Canteen Township Hall at 5500 Bunkum Road in Washington Park.
* Centreville Township Office at 6300 Church Road in Centreville.
* Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative at 2411 Pathways Crossing in Belleville.
In Madison County, aside from the Madison County Courthouse, early voters can vote in the next two weeks at 10 different early polling places:
* First Floor in the Madison County Administration Building at 157 N. Main St. in Edwardsville from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday
* Bethalto Village Clerk's Office at 213 N. Prairie St. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
* Godfrey Village Clerk's Office at 6810 Godfrey Road from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
* Troy City Clerk's Office at 116 E. Market St. from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday
* Wood River Township Clerk's Office 41 S. 9th St. in East Alton from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
* Haskell House at 1211 Henry St. in Alton from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday
* Collinsville Senior Citizen Center at 420 E. Main St. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday
* Harold Brown Recreation Center at 2165 Amos St. in Granite City from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday
* Madison Fire Station at 1800 3rd St. from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-6 p.m. on Saturday
* Willow Room in the Morris University Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-6 p.m. on Saturday
Grace-period voting began in both counties on Feb. 19 and is open through March 15. This is available to unregistered voters who can come to the county courthouse to register and then must vote immediately after registration is finished.
The St. Clair County Clerk's Office at 10 Public Square in Belleville is open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday until March 15.
The Madison County Clerk's Office at 157 N. Main St. in Edwardsville, Suite 109, is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The March 18 primary election will include candidates vying to win their respective party's nomination in Illinois' 13th Congressional District. Incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, is running against Urbana lawyer Erika Harold and Moro veterinarian Michael Firsching for the GOP nomination. Former Madison County Judge Ann Callis is running against Champaign physics professor George Gollin for the Democratic nomination.
Also on the ballot are Democratic races for sheriff in both St. Clair and Madison counties, as well as separate referendums to expand the jails in both counties.
Contact reporter Will Buss at email@example.com or 239-2526.