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Article posted: 11/11/2012 1:09 AM

Why 1 in 4 chose to vote before Election Day

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Laura Penosky of Wheaton, with some of her children looking on, took advantage of the first day of early voting by casting her ballot Oct. 22 at the DuPage County government building in Wheaton. Penosky's daughter, Lydia Penosky, 21, voted for the first time at an adjoining booth.

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Election judges Emily Dewitt, front, Cheryl Bradford and Lois Caslavka are busy helping voters get their ballots on the first day of early voting Oct. 22 at Fremont Public Library in Mundelein. There was a long line of people waiting to vote.

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Nearly one in four people in the Chicago suburbs who voted in Tuesday's election went to a polling place in person and voted early. Election experts say this percentage will only grow as early voting continues to gain traction across the county. "The people who are voting (early) are usually the most partisan, the people who have made up their minds," said Matt Streb of NIU.
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    • Laura Penosky of Wheaton, with some of her children looking on, took advantage of the first day of early voting by casting her ballot Oct. 22 at the DuPage County government building in Wheaton. Penosky’s daughter, Lydia Penosky, 21, voted for the first time at an adjoining booth.
    •  Election judges Emily Dewitt, front, Cheryl Bradford and Lois Caslavka are busy helping voters get their ballots on the first day of early voting Oct. 22 at Fremont Public Library in Mundelein. There was a long line of people waiting to vote.
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