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Peoria-area election leaders address concerns surrounding mail-in ballots and election fraud

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EAST PEORIA (WEEK) - Election Day 2020 is just 92 days away. In the midst of the pandemic, Peoria and Tazewell County are informing voters of the steps they're taking regarding mail-in ballots and Election Day voting.

The Q&A session hosted on Facebook Live was co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Greater Peoria and the Fondulac Library.

Peoria County Election Commission Executive Director Thomas Bride and Tazewell County Clerk John Ackerman answered the questions sent in by viewers.

Both emphasized that voters will still have the option to vote in-person or by mail for the November election.

"Almost every polling place will be open on Election Day," said Bride. "We're going to have extended early voting hours so that you can still take advantage of that."

Additionally, Ackerman detailed part of the verification process and steps the office takes with its mail-in ballots.

"With the safety and security procedures we have in place, vote by mail actually requires more steps than just showing up to the polls and voting in person. You sign the ballot, you send it back in so a second step is we're checking the signature a second time."

According to Bride, Peoria County is working on an app that tracks the status of a mail-in ballot.

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