Illinois voters are receiving notices regarding the ability to vote-by-mail in the state. Election officials have had to send out applications for permanent permission for voting by mail for each of the state’s 8 million registered voters.
As of now, no one really has to sign up, but with the same address, ballots are heading out. This is so voters can complete the process at home, for mail-ins for every future elections.
Voting through mail in the current form has continued from since around 2010. This was when there was an absentee balloting with a need to provide a reason to be away on Election Day. It grows in popularity per each election, to reach about 9.2% of total votes cast in 2018.
In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the law asked for applications by mail voting to be sent to any one person to vote in at least one of the three previous elections.
Certainly, during Corona Virus, the vote-by-mail has accounted for one-third of all ballots cast. In which case, the voting has been split evenly with early voters and traditional Election Day voting procedures.
You may have many more questions about the process itself. Regardless of how you fill the application, or even whenever the deadline to fill the application is, there’s plenty to know about voting by mail within the state of Illinois.
Such as how to apply for voting by mail…
Currently, under state law, vote-by-mail applications are submitted as early as 90 days prior to the original date of the election. The 2022 general election will be on November 8th, which is to indicate that applications are welcome to be submitted. How does one apply to vote by mail? Well, you need an application. That’s the only way you can request a mail-in ballot. In this part of the process you’re able t o obtain the application through the State Board of Elections’ site. You can also access it from the local county clerk’s office.
The application however, can only be returned to the county clerk’s office nearest to the address of the applicant. You might have to do some research to find out where.
The type of individuals that are able to engage in this process pretty much includes anyone. Registered or non-registered members of the United States Armed Forces may be on active duty or also employees that serve outside of the United States. Even if you’re out of the country, as long as citizens maintain a precinct residence in Illinois are also able to apply.
We all have a right to choose who can speak for the people. So why is that such a difficulty for people that may be bed-ridden or too scared of corona? Mail-In Ballots are exactly what we need right now. Because for the sake of our country’s future, everyone should be allowed to vote. However they want to and for whoever they want to vote for. It’s all very crucial towards the maintenance of our Constitutional rights, is it not?