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Expect ‘Vote by Mail’ applications to arrive soon

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The DuPage County Clerk’s office has announced Vote by Mail applications will be sent to all voters this week for the Nov. 3, 2020, General Election, in compliance with recent emergency legislation to provide a safe choice of voting during COVID-19. 

Voters selecting Vote by Mail are requested to securely apply online or to complete the mailed application with their signature and phone number, then drop it the mail as soon as possible. No postage is required. 

Watch for an envelope to arrive in the mail soon and by the first week in August 2020.

Video Instructions for Applying for Vote by Mail

www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-08zSNIYOg 

DuPage County Clerk Election Division Online Application 

www.dupageco.org/Election/VoteByMail/

 The Illinois General Assembly passed SB 1863 in May to expand Vote by Mail as a voting method during the ongoing pandemic. In June, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law to ensure safe and active participation in the 2020 General Election.

 Illinois SB1863 Mandate

The DuPage County Clerk’s office is going beyond the SB1863 mandate to send applications to all electors who have participated in any election since the 2018 general election, by instead providing applications to all 616,337 voters in the County. Although not required, the Clerk’s office will also pay for the postage of all returning applications and ballots. 

The Clerk’s office is using funds made available this year through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for the mailing of applications and ballots. 

To date, 26,000 voters have already applied for Vote by Mail ballots in DuPage County for the Nov. 3, 2020 election; roughly 55,000 total voters chose Vote by Mail for the 2018 General Election. Voters who applied prior to July 4th will not be receiving an additional mailed application. 

Ballots sent in late September may take 4-5 business days to arrive

Ballots will not begin to be mailed out until Sept. 24, 2020. It may take four to five business days to receive a ballot after that date.

Voters will continue to have the option of casting ballots during Early Voting or at Election Day polling places.

Be sure your vote is cast and counted 

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 General Election voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. Voting by mail is an easy option for voters and you can request a vote by mail ballot through email, mail, or in person. An application is available from your local election authority or at elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail. To register to vote or check your registration status, visit ova.elections.il.gov.

Submitted by Jean Kaczmarek, DuPage County Clerk

Vote by Mail Application for Will County

Click here for application to Vote by Mail in Will County.

Click Here / General Election Voters Guide for Naperville residents

Editor’s Note / With a passion to be the best-educated voter possible up to the last minute in regard to candidates running to serve Naperville, it’s always been our tradition to cast our ballot on Election Day. 

We hope and pray COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall, that the fatality rate continues its decline, and that no other last-minute challenges change the hours polls are open on Election Day, Tues., Nov. 3, that could prevent our voting for the liberty we cherish.

For 2020, voters have several choices. Vote by Mail (applications for ballots arrived in the mail this past week), Vote Early at the Naperville Municipal Center OR Vote on Election Day.

We’re also mindful of a CBS This Morning news report about Mail-In Voting that appeared on July 24, 2020. We hope all votes are received and counted, and that election results are timely. —PN

Last Updated: July 29, 2020, August 2, 2020

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