DECATUR — If you missed the Oct. 9 deadline to register to vote, you can still cast a ballot this election.
Grace-period voting and early voting will be available in the Macon County Clerk’s Office until Nov. 3. County Clerk Steve Bean said more than 3,900 people have already voted in the Nov. 6 election.
During the grace period, people who have not registered to vote can come into the county clerk’s office, register and vote at the same time. They must bring identification, such as a driver’s license, and a piece of mail reflecting their current address. This also applies to people who will turn 18 on or before Election Day.
“We had a young man who came in here, and his (18th) birthday was two days before the election, and he signed up and voted. Sometimes, they forget about that,” Bean said.
Early voting is for people who are already registered to vote, but want to vote before Nov. 6. They must bring identification to the county clerk’s office.
Macon County has 76,061 active registered voters, up from 73,597 in 2008. In 2008, 7,061 people voted before Election Day.
Macon County Clerk’s Office hours until the election are:
- Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 3: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Closed Sunday, Nov. 4
- Monday, Nov. 5: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 6: Polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.