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Work to implement vote-by-mail expansion in Illinois

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The November election is still months away, but local and state groups in Illinois are working to determine the best ways to allow people to vote-by-mail.

Officials said this isn't an easy and fast process.

There's a lot to figure out before you cast your ballot at home and put it in the mail.

Chuck Scholz with the Illinois Board of Elections said the goal for this imitative is to allow people to exercise their rights, while not having to worry about getting coronavirus at the polls.

He said the first order of business is changing polling locations and helping those at nursing homes.

"In the past, we often had polling places in long term care facilities to make it easier for senior citizens to vote, " Scholz said.

"We don't want to do that anymore because we don't want other people coming into a long term care facility. So with vote-by-mail, each resident of a long term care facility can vote on their own in the privacy of their room and have that mailed in."

Scholz said there are talks about changing the age of election judges because most of them are seniors who are most vulnerable to the virus.

"Most election judges tend to be older people that would be at risk for COVID-19," Scholz said.

"So by getting some teachers and another provision in the bill provides for high schoolers. If you're sixteen or older and go through the training and you work with an experienced judge we can have high schoolers conduct the election and I think that will be a big increase to public safety."

The expansion will be a one-time experience, applying only to the November 3 election.

Republicans in general oppose making it easier to vote.

They say such proposals open the door to fraud or errors, like what has happened with automatic voter registration in the past.

For more information about mail-in voting, click here.

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Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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