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Downers Grove

'It’s important to make your voice heard' Long early voter lines form in Downers Grove

DuPage County residents line up Tuesday for early voting outside Downers Grove Village Hall, one of several locations in the county. Photo - Megann Horstead
DuPage County residents line up Tuesday for early voting outside Downers Grove Village Hall, one of several locations in the county. Photo - Megann Horstead

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DOWNERS GROVE - Dozens of people took time Tuesday to do their civic duty ahead of the Nov. 3 election waiting in long lines to cast their ballot at At Downers Grove Village Hall.,

The early voting site attracted residents not only of Downers Grove, but neighboring communities including Hinsdale and Westmont.

Several people acknowledged that they expected long lines when they came out to vote.

“Any line is too long, but it’s important,” Hinsdale resident Pete Salerno said.

Salerno said this is not his first time voting in an election, and he has a good track record.

There is a bit of heightened importance to voting this time around, which Salerno said is “because the direction of the nation is the bottom line of the vote.”

He added that he had a bit of a game plan he adhered while preparing to head to the early voting site.

“I listen to a lot of news,” he said. “I even listen to fake news.”

Westmont resident Linda Vanderstuyf stood in a line that formed outside Downers Grove Village Hall hall alongside her husband.

The line started forming at the entrance to the early voting site at and wrapped along the sidewalk outside the entrance to the adjacent Downers Grove Police Department.

“I’ve never early voted before,” Vanderstuyf said. She said it made sense “because we’re retired and we’ve got time. It’s an important election.”

Vanderstuyf believes more people feel compelled to vote in this election than they had in years past.

“There’s a lot at stake,” she said. “People are angry. People are fighting. We need to get a lot of respect back in our country.”

Vanderstuyf said she felt ready to cast her ballot.

“We watch the news all the time,” she said. “He’s a reader. If he reads something, he’ll tell me.”

Traci Imbrogno of Downers Grove said the long line didn’t bother her.

“I thought it would be shorter, but that’s ok,” Imbrogno said. “We’re only on day two.”

Early voting at Downers Grove Village Hall and several other sites throughout DuPage County started Oct. 19.

Imbrogno said she felt motivated to vote early this time because of her daughter.

“She’s home from college for a couple days,” she said. “This is her first time voting. We wanted to do it together. She won’t be here Nov. 3.”

Imbrogno’s daughter, Adriana Mariano, 18, said she did her homework on the candidates.

“I try to keep up with different news sources,” she said. “I try to stay moderate.”

Adriana Mariano said she didn’t view the long line as an issue, either.

“I’ve looked forward to voting,” she said. “It’s important to make your voice heard.”

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