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Voter registration ends in Winnebago Co. but still a way to vote

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A last minute scramble sends lots of people to the Winnebago County election services to make sure their voice is heard in November. The county clerk's office is seeing higher than usual numbers because of the importance of this election.

Margie Mullins, the Winnebago County Clerk, says a presidential election usually brings people to the polls, which is why so many people are taking the time now to make sure they are properly registered.

"We haven't had people like this come in in quite awhile," says Mullins.

Mullins says since Friday there have been a large number of people visiting the office. And with all the other registration options available like the post offices and libraries she expects to add a lot of new names to the voting rolls.

"You know at least a good couple a thousand, at least 2500. Being a presidential election a lot of people only vote in the presidential election so people are wanting to make sure they are registered," says Mullins.

That includes Leah Scicluna, 22, who is not a new voter but at the election office to change her address.

"Why did you wait until the last minute?" asks reporter.

"This one right here," she says pointing to her new daughter. "I had her six weeks ago and haven't had the opportunity to get to it yet."

The new mom and young voter not want to miss her chance to cast a ballot in her first presidential race.

"It's such a privilege to be able to vote, that I'm an American and I have that opportunity. It will be my first one so it's important to our country. And it's important for her future as well," says Scicluna.

The presidential election was also a motivator for another last minute register.

"It is a pretty polarizing thing this election year so I think it's important to let your voice be heard," says Joshua Hill.

Absentee voting is already underway and early voting starts October 22nd. The grace period if you missed registering starts October 10.  It goes until November 3, but you also have to vote at the same time.

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