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Mail-in Ballot applications are coming to your house

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Only eight days left before election commissions across the state of Illinois will mail out ballot applications.

The most traditional way to make your voice heard is to stand in line on election day and cast a vote for your favorite candidate.

The expansion of mail-in ballots have election commissions working over time.

"The most we had was over 10,000 in 2018. We're anticipating maybe 40, 50,000 in this election," said Executive Director of Peoria County Election Commission, Thomas Bride.

"In the last Presidential election was about 1,800 vote-by-mail ballots. This time it could be anywhere between 5,000 and 30,000, " said Bloomington's Executive Director, Tim Mitchell.

The expansion calls for people who have voted in the past two years, registered to vote since the primary, or changed their address since the primary to be sent a mail-in ballot application.

"You'll get a postcard. Ours is a postcard, you'll sign it, send it back. Postage paid," said Bride.

Don't be surprised if you get more than one application.

"People are going to get more than one vote-by-mail ballot application. We're not the only people sending vote-by-mail ballot application," said Mitchell.

Special interest groups who have your information can also send you one.

Each commission has worked on security measures in the computer systems to ensure each person only gets one ballot and one vote.

If you don't get an application sent to you and you want one, just call your election commission.

Alex Menke

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