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Vote-by-mail applications in Illinois are coming to your mailbox this week

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Make sure you check your mail this week, voting-by-mail applications for Illinois voters for the November election must be sent out by August 1.

Local officials want to make sure you read and understand it, not just throw it in the trash.

Adams County Clerk Ryan Niekamp said he has sent out the applications to all registered voters.

If you remember, lawmakers approved a bill last month to allow the vote-by-mail option due to COVID-19.

Niekamp said the county received 93-thousand dollars in CARES Act funding to do this.

Niekamp said the letter includes a lot of information about how to submit the application if you wish.

"It explains the vote-by-mail process, the option that each voter has to cast their ballot in November, If they don't want to do vote by mail, they don't have to do anything with the application," Niekamp said. "If they do want to vote by mail, they can fill out the application and send it back to my office."

Niekamp expects vote-by-mail to be popular because of the numbers the office saw over the last four years.

"We are prepared for a high vote by mail turnout, " Niekamp said. "When we look at the past elections like the 2016 presidential and 2018 gubernatorial races, we had about a thousand vote-by-mail applications and ballots that were sent out and received. We are obviously we expect a much higher turnout this year for that."

Voters can fill out that application online or return it in the mail.

Once you do that, a ballot will be sent out in late September.

If you plan to vote at the polls this year, Neikamp said they are also ready for you.

They have been talking with local health and emergency management officials about safety measures like masks, gloves, and a sanitizer, and cleaning equipment for election judges and voters.

For more information about voting-by-mail, click here

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Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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