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Did you get a mail-in vote application in the mail? Here’s what you need to know.

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If you voted in a recent election, you may have received applications to vote in the upcoming November election. You may have noticed that not all those applications came from the same place.

Local election offices, like the ones in Tazewell and Peoria counties, have been flooded with calls this week. The number one question callers have -- which form is the right one to fill out?

There isn't exactly a right choice. But some of the forms do come with a catch. Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman says the forms sent by his office or other election authorities will come right back to them once they are in the mail. However, applications sent by third-party political groups may make a few stops along the way.

"If it is being mailed to any other office than mine here in Pekin, or your local election authorities, that's not coming to us. So they're intercepting it before it gets to us, and they can harvest any information off of that for their use, before sending it to us," said Ackerman.

If you already filled out one or more of these forms, Thomas Bride with the Peoria County Election Commission, says there is no need to worry. You should still expect to receive a ballot in time for the election.

"We won't issue more than one ballot to a person, even if we get several applications for the same person, that's not going to be a problem for us," said Bride.

And if you still want to vote the traditional way come November, no problem.

"If you want to vote in person, all of our polling locations will be open on election day, go vote in person, we're not telling you that you have to vote by mail," said Ackerman.

Election officials say you should receive an application from their office within the next few weeks. If you do not get one, voters are encouraged to contact their local office and request one.

Andy Weber

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