Voters have until 7 p.m. to cast their ballot for the 2022 midterm election


Sean Reed

Polling at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center was available until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Editor’s note: This story has been edited and no longer references the voting machines at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center due to inaccurate information about how they operate.

DeKALB – The line at Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center’s polling place extended outside the voting area, each participant waiting their turn to cast their ballot.

Douglas J. Johnson, County Clerk and Recorder of DeKalb County, said that voter turnout on election day is very high, causing voter registration systems to run slower than usual.

If voters still need to register, Johnson said they shouldn’t be deterred. Illinois has offered same-day registration since 2014, allowing those who have moved or not yet voted to update their information and vote immediately. Those who do will need to bring two forms of identification, one showing address. These can be a photo I.D., utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or government document.

Voters are allowed until 7 p.m. Tuesday to cast their ballot. If they arrive at a polling place and get in line before that time, their opportunity to vote is assured. Even if a voter’s turn comes up after 7 p.m., the polling place will stay open for those already there. An election judge will be placed at the end of the line at 7 p.m. to turn away those who arrive after.

Those ready to vote need only to see a voting administrator when it’s their turn in line to receive a ballot.