Four years ago, Illinois set a voter registration record. The Illinois State Board of Election's Becky Glazier says her records go back to 1962:
"The historic high for a general election was in 2008, with 7,789,500."
Or put it this way. Nearly 8 million residents of President Barack Obama's home state were registered to vote in the last presidential election. Now as Obama faces reelection against Republican Mitt Romney, it's with four hundred forty three thousand fewer registered Illinois voters. Glazier says the board of elections doesn't concern itself with what's behind the dip, but she says the number could still go up, some. Mailed registrations will trail in, and there's also grace period registration. Voters with a valid ID have until a few days before the election to register, though they have to be prepared to cast their ballot at the same time.
Glazier says the elections board's major task this fall was making sure that ballots got sent on time to members of the military. Two years ago, a few dozen Illinois counties were late mailing ballots to troops stationed overseas, which violates federal law. Glazier says every Illinois county sent the ballots on time this year.
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