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Denis Cyr is the declared winner of the 5th District Peoria City Council seat.

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Early voting in Peoria County has surpassed 2012.  The Peoria County Election Commission reports nearly 21,300 voters cast their ballots early.

That's about 200 more votes cast in early voting than the last presidential election.

6,100 people elected to vote by mail. That’s more than double the number who cast -what was still called an "absentee ballot" during the last presidential election cycle.

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The Peoria County Election Commission is planning to move. But not until after the November Election.  

Election Commission Executive Director Tom Bride says the downside of that is the new location will be much better for voting.

“But we’ll get there. And this way, I just don’t think we’re going to have the time to get the buildout done and done well," Bride said. "And it’s not something we want to rush just to get in there and not do right.”  

Legislation passed in Springfield clears the way for Peoria County to have a single election commission. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the election reform bill allows the County to ask voters if they want a combined commission:

Currently the City of Peoria runs election services within its borders, and part of the County Clerk’s Office runs the rest of Peoria County services. Tom Bride is executive director of the Peoria City Election Commission. He says a combined service means more efficiency for voters: