Many Illinoisans Preferring to Vote Early In-Person Despite Mail-ins

Many Illinoisans Preferring to Vote Early In-Person Despite Mail-ins

SPRINGFIELD – Over 2.1 million Illinoisans have requested vote-by-mail ballots and more than 480,000 have already turned in their ballot. Regardless, a significant amount of people prefer to vote early in person.

The Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE) reported more than 175,000 have already participated at the polls.

Officials also noted it is “perfectly fine” to vote in-person, even if a mail-in ballot was requested. The board said voters should “surrender” the ballot at the early voting facility or election authority.

However, if a mail-in ballot hasn’t been received and a voter chooses to vote early, officials will require an affidavit to be signed.

“That’s going to cancel out your vote-by-mail ballot,” ISBE Spokesman Matt Dietrich said. “So, your vote-by-mail ballot is no good anymore. But you will be instructed to be sure to discard that ballot if it shows up before election day.”

Voters could face a Class 3 felony if the rule is ignored and a vote is placed more than once. The board said voter fraud has never been an issue in the state and safeguards are in place to prevent it.

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