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Voting 101

Updated: Nov 6, 2012 09:01 AM CST

The first thing you will need to know Tuesday before you can head to the polls, is where you need to go. Due to redistricting your polling place may have changed. To find out where your polling place is you can check the back of your voter registration card to find your precinct.

However, make sure you have an update registration card. If your voter registration card is not up to date, you can use our website. Click on "decision 2012", then "voter information". After that select your state and county. You will be directed to page where you can click on"find your polling place". Click on that and enter your address or zip code. Your polling place will then be revealed.

 Once you know where to vote, you will need to know when you can. In Illinois the polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. However, in Iowa the times are a little different. Voters can get started at 7 a.m. and the polls will be open until 9:00 p.m.

 Lastly, do you need to bring anything when you go? For Illinois voters, you must already be registered, so if you have a voter registration card it's a good idea to bring that. Otherwise, you just have to give election day officials your name and they can get you started through the process.

 Meanwhile, in Iowa if you're already registered you just need to give election workers your name as well. However, if you're not registered and want to vote, you will need to bring an I. D. card like a drivers license or pass port. You also need a piece of mail with your current address on it.

After all that, all you need to do is make your voice heard and cast your ballot. The results to all the election day action can be found on our website or on our news casts.

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