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Students line up for early voting at Illini Union

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Over 200 students at one time packed the fourth floor of the Illini Union to vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 5, 2018.

Over 200 students at one time packed the fourth floor of the Illini Union to vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 5, 2018.

Ben Tschetter

Ben Tschetter

Over 200 students at one time packed the fourth floor of the Illini Union to vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 5, 2018.


The early voting period for Illinois midterm elections ran from Sept. 27 through Nov. 5, and students who were registered to vote in Champaign County could vote at any of the early voting locations, including the Illini Union.

For Alora Rent, freshman in LAS, waiting in the long line to vote at the Union was worth casting her vote.

“I’ve been waiting for about 50 minutes now,” she said. “I’m okay with waiting if it means I can vote. Fifty minutes isn’t that bad to put my vote in.”

Rent said she believes every vote matters and students should be especially involved in politics. Voting makes her more aware of the state of our country, she said.

It’s kind of a mindset of thinking about how raindrops can fill up an ocean,” Rent said. “Every little drop is like how every vote counts to one big motion and one big body of change.”

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Ben Tschetter
Over 200 students at one time packed the fourth floor of the Illini Union to vote in the midterm elections on Nov. 5, 2018.

Quentin Shaw
Hundreds of University students line up at the Illini Union to vote early.

Quentin Shaw
Hundreds of University students line up at the Illini Union to vote early.

Quentin Shaw
Hundreds of University students line up at the Illini Union to vote early.

Quentin Shaw
Hundreds of University students line up at the Illini Union to vote early.

Quentin Shaw
Hundreds of University students line up at the Illini Union to vote early.

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