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Early voting starts Monday

Early voting for the April 5 election in Evanston starts Monday. Evanston voters will be choosing from among nine candidates to file six seats on the city's two school boards.

County Clerk David Orr says that across suburban Cook County more than 2,100 candidates are on ballots. Many communities, but not Evanston, will also be electing mayors, aldermen, park commissioners and other officials as well as school board members.

Voting early has proved increasingly popular. Orr says 3 percent of voters participated in early voting when it was first offered in April 2007. That rose to 8 percent in April 2009. 

Early voting hours at the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through March 31. You can also vote at any of 42 other suburban sites listed online.

"You don't need an excuse, but don't forget to bring your government-issued photo ID," Orr said.

State law requires early voters to display valid identification to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include: a current driver's license, state-issued ID card or another government-issued ID with a photograph.

More information on the Evanston candidates and issues is available in our Election 2011 section.

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