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Illinois election officials praise new vote-by-mail measure

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Illinois state election officials are praising a the vote-by-mail expansion bill passed by the Illinois legislature Friday.

Charles Sholz is the chairman of the Illinois State Board of Elections.

He said the state will be sending out roughly 5 million ballot applications.

He said it's a great way for people to have their voices head without risking their safety especially for the state's most vulnerable communities.

"You can still go to the courthouse and vote early, you can still go the courthouse and vote on election day," he said. "But vote by mail is a safe option and we're hoping with long term care facilities that all the residents get voted by mail so they can vote from the privacy and safety of their own rooms."

Sholz says if you've voted in the last three years, you will receive a ballot application.

If you send that in, you will get your ballot which you can turn in to local election authorities through the mail or at dropboxes.

Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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