CHICAGO (AP) – Enhanced mail-in voting was approved by state lawmakers as a way to increase options for people to vote without being exposed to COVID-19, and authorities promised Monday the process is secure.
Voters of recent elections can expect to receive a vote-by-mail application. August 1 is the deadline for local election officials to send mail-in ballot applications.
Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich said if the voter wants a mail-in ballot, the application must be returned. Then, in late September, ballots will be sent.
“Sept. 24 is the start of early voting in Illinois,” Dietrich said. “We always start 40 days ahead of the election and that’s when local election authorities can begin mailing the actual ballots out to people who have applied for them.”
If mail-in ballot applications haven’t been received, Dietrich said one can be requested from the election authority.