Early voting for the November general election started today. Even though it was a holiday, the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville was open this morning. A small, but steady stream of voters filed into the courthouse throughout the morning to take advantage of the convenient way to vote. New this year, is the opportunity to vote by mail without having to have an excuse as in past years with absentee voting. Early voting runs from October 11-28th. Here are some links to show you early voting locations and instructions on how to vote by mail.