CLARK COUNTY, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed a bill into law allowing all registered voters to apply for an absentee ballot for the November election.
The applications will be sent to those who’ve voted since 2018.
Both Edgar and Clark County clerks said in the past they’d send out some applications but now it’ll be thousands.
“Right now I have 6,600 notices that I have to mail,” Edgar County Clerk August Griffin said.
The applications will be sent out on Aug. 1.
Mail-in ballots can also be dropped off at the clerk’s office, and voting precincts will still be open for in-person voting, which both clerks said gives voters plenty of ways to make their voices heard.
“Everyone is given every opportunity they can to vote,” Clark County Clerk Laurie Lee said.
There will be three judges available to ensure the safety and security of each ballot.
Early voting will begin Sept. 24 in Illinois.
Indiana officials said a decision has not yet been made on if mail-in voting will be expanded for the November election.