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Some local counties begin early voting, despite delays

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WSIL -- Early voting for the primary election was supposed to begin Thursday but many Illinois counties are putting it on hold. 

A pending candidate challenge for Attorney General has impacted the entire state. A judge ruled this week, Scott Drury can't be on the ballot over paperwork issues, but his name is allowed to remain during the appeals process.

 Jackson County Clerk Larry Reinhardt says, despite potential changes, they've started letting people vote. 

"We're going to assist as many voters as we can, but we do ask that most people who wish to vote in person try to wait about another week if they can at all with their schedule," said Reinhardt. 

If Drury's name has to be removed, Reinhardt will have to send out new ballots to those who want to vote again. Reinhardt says candidate challenges have become more common in recent years, making it difficult to get appeals through court from the time a candidate files until it's time to vote. 

"As it becomes more common, state legislature may have to look at moving filing period up a little bit or something to allow more time to handle all of these," said Reinhardt. 
 
Reinhardt hopes the state will figure out if Drury's name stays or goes by early next week, so they can start their regular process right away.  

Some counties in our region have not started early voting. Reinhardt recommends calling your County Clerk before you head in to cast your ballot. 

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