Mail-in Ballots, Advance Voting, Election Day Rules: Answers to Questions About the 2020 Illinois Voting

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CHICAGO (WLS) – New data compiled by the I-Team shows that as of Thursday night, more than 2 million registered voters in Illinois requested mail-in ballots. And tens of thousands have already filled them out, voted and sent out the ballots.

Yet, with Election Day less than five weeks away and early voting in full swing, questions from confused and worried voters continue to pour in.

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Here are the top five questions and answers from the I-Team on this year’s voting process.

Q: Can I vote early in person or by mail while going to the polls on polling day if I change my mind?

A: No. Once you have cast your ballot, it is issued, whether by advance poll or by mail. Voting twice or more is a crime.

Q: If I send my ballot by mail to Will polling day still be counted?

A: The answer is yes. Ballots canceled on Tuesday, November 3 will be counted, along with all approved provisional ballots and overseas military ballots.

Q: Does my vote Following secure if I vote in person on election day?

A: No. Local and state election officials insist that all methods are equally watertight, and they are confident in the sanctity of the process.

Q: If I don’t stamp my mail ballot, will it still be counted?

A: Yes. Ballots returned by the U.S. Post are Assumed to get adequate postage … about a $ 40 … However, a new law in Illinois requires election officials to accept and count all mail-in ballots even if they arrive unpaid.

Q: Which presidential candidate is currently leading the mail-in vote count in Illinois?

A: This is a trick question. Votes are NOT counted until election night, regardless of when they are received. All votes here are counted after polling stations close on November 3.

Hundreds of people line up on day one of early voting at Chicago Loop super site

Chicago mail-in ballots are coming with shipping cost so that’s one less thing to worry about.

Election experts and election officials agree that we will all likely have questions on election night, including who won the presidential race. Postal votes take longer to process and verify at a time when staff and budgets are in question, and officials warn that winners may not be known for days, or even weeks, in races tight.

North Central College political science professor Stephen Caliendo said it can be confusing, but he hopes concerns about the process don’t translate into voter apathy.

“People can be so worried or confused, they just choose not to participate, it’s a problem as a political scientist that I want, I want to have maximum votes, but I’m really worried about what happens next. I’m worried about any messages that are going to come from candidates or parties, especially the president because he has already signaled that he has legal teams in place that he expects there to be problems. And I’m worried about it, ”Caliendo said.

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