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Obama says he plans to vote early in Chicago on Friday

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Eric DuVall
President Barack Obama departs Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland after a trip to Florida in June. Obama said he plans to cast an early ballot by mail in Chicago during a trip there on Friday. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/UPI
President Barack Obama departs Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland after a trip to Florida in June. Obama said he plans to cast an early ballot by mail in Chicago during a trip there on Friday. File photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama said he will likely cast his presidential ballot early during a campaign trip to Chicago on Friday.

Illinois became one of the first states to accept ballots on Sept. 29. Obama said he will likely vote by mail, not at a polling location.

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"I'm not gonna vote at the precinct," Obama told reporters at the White House. "I'll probably do early vote. I'll fill out my form. Don't worry. I'll be voting, man. I'm gonna be doing a little campaigning and a little voting, too."

Obama is scheduled to participate in a roundtable discussion and a fundraiser put on by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee. Democrats hope to boost voter turnout in Illinois, where incumbent Republican Sen. Mark Kirk is facing a tough re-election fight.

Obama is scheduled to appear with Kirk's Democratic opponent, Tammy Duckworth.

Obama's next campaign stop is scheduled for Tuesday, when he will stump with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in North Carolina.

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