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Monday, July 13, 2020

Kankakee County Clerk sends notice for Application to Vote-by-Mail Ballot

Kankakee County Clerk Dan Hendrickson sent out a notice to voters via the Clerk’s Facebook page Tuesday with information on how to obtain a Vote-by-Mail ballot for the 2020 General Election.

Voters can obtain a Vote-by-Mail ballot by submitting an application online at the Clerk’s website, kankakeecountyclerk.com. You can download it directly by clicking here.

A new law signed by Governor Pritzker on Tuesday will allow local election authorities to set up secure drop boxes for collecting mail in ballots without postage to establish curbside voting. The Clerk’s office did not mention in the post where such boxes would be posted. It will also expand voting hours for early morning voting.

The new laws only apply to the November 3rd election.

“In the face of a pandemic, massive economic upheaval, and renewed calls for racial justice, it’s more important than ever that Illinoisans can hold accountable a truly representative and transparent government — and that means ensuring all eligible residents can wield their right to vote in a way that doesn’t risk their personal health,” said Governor Pritzker in a statement.

Applications opened, according to the Clerk’, on July 1st and run through October 29th.

The forum must be mailed in to the Clerk’s office or hand delivered. It can also be scanned or photographed and emailed to countyclerk@k3county.net. Ballots will be mailed out within two days of receiving the application.

“Pursuant to Public Act 101-642, an application for vote by mail will be mailed to you around August 1st for your convenience, or you can submit an application online at www.kankakeecountyclerk.com. Your ballot can be mailed to the address where you are registered, or any address that you specify on your application.” the Clerk’s office said Tuesday.

“For applications received after voting by mail has started on September 24, 2020, the ballots will be mailed within two business days after our office receives the application. If you do not receive your ballot or have questions, you may contact our office at 815-937-2990 or by email at countyclerk@k3county.net.” the Clerk said.

To return your complete ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day or delivered in person.

If you’ve yet to register to vote for the upcoming election, you can do that here.

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