KANKAKEE – Early voting in Kankakee is up 25% from where it was just four years ago, in part due to early mail in voting measures.
The numbers were announced by Kankakee County Clerk Dan Hendrickson during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Kankakee County Board’s Community Services Committee.
In 2018, some 1091 voters had come into the downtown office to vote early. That number is significantly down 20% to 876 voters in 2022.
Mail in ballots are up for the same time period are up 175%. In 2018, 973 mail in ballots had arrived downtown. As of this week, 1,700 ballots had been received to the Clerk’s office.
It’s been estimated by officials Illinois could see upwards of 200,000 additional votes cast this year thanks to expanded vote-by-mail options that went into place this year.