Hundreds of Illinois voters go to the polls in first week of early voting

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CLARK Co., Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — Illinois is  just over a week into early voting. Hundreds of voters have already shown up in Clark and Edgar counties.

While some are voting in person, many are dropping off mail-in ballots.

One Edgar County voter said the 2020 election is the first time she’s ever turned in a mail-in ballot. She’s been a voter for 60 years.

“I’m doing it because I don’t want to be in the public at the local voting center. I didn’t want to put it back in the mail,” said Joyce Brown.

Another voter said he’s choosing to do mail-in ballots to avoid the larger crowds expected on Election Day.

Clerks in Clark and Edgar counties said they’re expecting even more mail-in ballot before November 3. This comes after the Illinois governor signed a bill into law, requiring clerks to send mail-in ballot applications for the 2020 November election. The ballot applications were sent to those who have voted since 2018.

“The primary that we just had in March, we did 100 vote by mail. So 100 versus 1,300, it’s a significant difference,” said Edgar County clerk, August Griffin.

When it comes to in person voting, Edgar and Clark counties have already seen more than 800 voters combined.

“[We’re] trying to limit the number of people inside our office and we’ve sanitized all the time just like we’ll do in the precincts,” said Clark County clerk, Laurie Lee.

Early voting can be done in both counties Monday through Friday.

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