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Polls open in McHenry County

Residents place their votes at the Huntley Village Hall during a previous election. Polls opened today at 6 a.m. for the primary election. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

Residents place their votes at the Huntley Village Hall during a previous election. Polls opened today at 6 a.m. for the primary election. (Lawerence Synett/Tribune)

Polling locations in McHenry County opened at 6 a.m. for the primary election.

There were a total of 3,750 absentee voters as of Monday, according to McHenry County Clerk Katherine Schultz. That includes 2,770 early votes.

By comparison, the county had a total of 3,233 absentee voters during the February 2010 election. That included 2,409 early voters, Schultz said. During the 2008 presidential election, a total of 6,235 absentee votes were cast — 4,720 being early votes.

“It’s picked up the last few days, but overall it’s been pretty slow,” Schultz said.

The county has a total of 199,027 registered voters. There are 212 precincts, which are housed at about 148 locations.

To find a polling location, visit www.mcvote.org.

For more information about local, state and national races, visit the election center at www.chicagotribune.com.

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