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*** UPDATED x1 *** Vote by mail applications top 2 million here

Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020

* Whew…


* From WBEZ

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Those DuPage numbers are bonkers.

*** UPDATE *** Email…

Rich,

The numbers in the graph would, as you state, be “bonkers” if they were accurate, but they are not. The state report WBEZ referenced in their article appears to have been overstating DuPage’s reported mail-in ballot requests by a factor of 2. As of our most recent numbers this afternoon, 27.3% of DuPage registered voters have requested a mail-in ballot, still a quite large number, but in line with the trends in other counties. WBEZ has updated their story, and I am told that the state will be correcting their report later today.

Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions.

Regards,

Adam Johnson

Chief Deputy Clerk

DuPage County Clerk

Have you requested a VBM ballot yet?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

64 Comments
  1. - Blue Dog Dem - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 4:00 am:

    If these numbers continue to rise in the future, wouldn’t it be wise to eliminate the traditional voting process.


  2. - Pacman - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 6:12 am:

    Hopefully someday someone will figure out how we can vote safely and securely from our home computer.


  3. - FormerParatrooper - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 6:25 am:

    Not requesting a vbm. Going to the poll in person. The only time I have vbm when was either deployed or stationed overseas.


  4. - Out Here In The Middle - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 6:29 am:

    VBM is sitting on my desk waiting to be filled out. When they are sealed I will drop both mine & my wife’s in the drop box at the courthouse.


  5. - very old soil - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 6:50 am:

    I voted early last Friday, Only one there


  6. - DuPage Saint - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:08 am:

    I always vote in person and on Election Day. I hope I will always be able to do that. I have no problem with vbm and may be the way of the future that or computers. Times change


  7. - Nathan - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:17 am:

    I got my VBM ballot on Monday here in DuPage County and sent it back yesterday (dropped it off directly at the post office).

    In DuPage, it is nice because you can sign up for email and/or text alerts on your VBM ballot to notify you when they send it to you, when they receive it back, and when the ballot is accepted.


  8. - pool boy - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:21 am:

    Yes and I have received it.


  9. - Gruntled University Employee - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:22 am:

    I’m not voting by mail but I plan on voting absentee later this morning.


  10. - Pundent - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:26 am:

    I requested a mail ballot as a contingency. I expect a lot of folks did as well. My first and likely choice will be early voting as soon as that opens up. I expect that VBM will be undermined by those that will look for any and all reasons to de-legitimize the result.


  11. - UIS student - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:27 am:

    Got my ballot on Friday, mailed it back Monday, and received the email confirmation it had been accepted on Tuesday. Very impressed with both the USPS and Sangamon County for being on top of things out of the gate. My mail carrier had a helper and an extra truck on Friday since they had so many ballots to hand out!


  12. - Fav Human - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:35 am:

    Yes, and I have it now.


  13. - Former Downstater - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:46 am:

    Received, completed, and returned. Frees up Election Day for volunteering.


  14. - Bruce( no not him) - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:50 am:

    Yes, we’re out of town but know the ballots are waiting to be voted ASAP after we get home.


  15. - Left of the Lake - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:02 am:

    Requested and it should be arriving this week.


  16. - JoanP - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:10 am:

    No, I’ll vote in person.


  17. - yinn - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:11 am:

    Yes, we requested them last month and are awaiting their arrival.


  18. - Some Anonymous Dude (S.A.D.) - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:18 am:

    Is it really VBM when I’m not actually mailing it in but dropping it off outside the county building?


  19. - DEE - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:18 am:

    Requested in case of health/safety concerns when early voting opens in Chicago, but will vote early in person when open downtown if it seems safe, since 69 W. Washington usually is fairly empty


  20. - Joe Bidenopolous - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:20 am:

    Mrs. Bidenopolous got hers the other day and is dropping it off later today I think. I was going to VBM but as time passed, I decided I’d be comfortable early voting in person, so that’s what I’ll do. Super site opens tomorrow but I’ll wait until the ward EV sites open on October 15. Really, the only vote of consequence from my geographical perspective is the fair tax


  21. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:22 am:

    Requested and received. Haven’t opened it yet but plan on doing it very soon, maybe sooner than anybody can imagine. The president is trying to delegitimize mail-in voting, maybe because of the high numbers we’re seeing in Illinois.


  22. - depressed in politics - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:23 am:

    my wife and i have receive ours, voted and returned them to the election commission’s drop box. I also signed up for the ballot tracking system to make sure its included. I’d crawl through broken glass to vote this year.


  23. - L.A. - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:28 am:

    Have gone back and forth about voting by mail, based solely on COVID-19. Usually vote in person on election day. Am thinking of going to the county building and voting early. I want to make sure my vote counts and I’m sure that tRump will attempt to invalidate all votes that arrived by mail.


  24. - jabes - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:33 am:

    Requested, received, filled it out. Going to mail it shortly, hopefully today or tomorrow.


  25. - Langhorne - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:36 am:

    Sangamon County – – I delivered my ballot to the post office at 4 PM Monday. By 2 PM Tuesday I received an email confirmation from the clerk telling me my ballot was received and accepted.


  26. - Last Bull Moose - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:41 am:

    No. Will vote early in person. Not sure my signature today matches what is on file.


  27. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:44 am:

    Done. Dropped it off Sunday and got the email yesterday.


  28. - zatoichi - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 9:51 am:

    Got my VBM packet Friday. Completed it and dropped it off at the local court house. County clerk had a staffed desk in the hall with ‘Vote Here’ signs. Took about 3 minutes. 10 other people showed up as we turned in our ballots.


  29. - Banish Misfortune - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:01 am:

    I have requested a VBM ballot, but worried that my vote might be rejected. I registered to vote 40 years ago and I really don’t know how much my signature changed. If I do VBM I will drop off the ballot at one of the conveniently located spots. I have decided that voting in person is no worse than going to the grocery store.


  30. - Tim - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:05 am:

    Requested my ballot in DuPage in July, received it Monday, mailed it back on Tuesday.


  31. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:10 am:

    Make no assumptions about the folks requesting VBM ballots. Local GOP committeeman is advising all GOP votes request one.


  32. - Frank talks - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:12 am:

    That DuPage number is crazy 50%.
    In the 2018 election how many GOP members were winning at end of election night only to be done by weeks end?
    If 50% of registered voters in DuPage applied for VBM and we know that those are probably not Republicans, due to the President saying don’t VBM, it is going to be a really bad cycle for DuPage GOP.


  33. - Person 8 - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:14 am:

    I hear Dupage vote by mail commercials on the radio constantly.


  34. - The Dude Abides - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:26 am:

    My wife and I filled out our ballots yesterday and will be dropping them off today.


  35. - muon - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:27 am:

    Last spring I heard the ads in DuPage seeking last-minute volunteers for working at primary polling locations. I voted early on the last Sat and worked on primary Tues. To be prepared to help again this fall, I requested a VBM ballot.


  36. - Huh? - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:38 am:

    We have requested VBM ballots in August, have not yet received them. Wife wants to early vote, so we have options.


  37. - No Relation - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:48 am:

    The VBM ballot arrived while we were gone over the weekend. I opened it Monday and found the return envelope was 75% sealed. I assume it was from the humidity from sitting outside. I decided instead of forcing it open so it would end up looking like a tampered ballot I returned it to the court house. While I was there I voted early at the court house.


  38. - Father Ted - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:49 am:

    DuPage County deserves a lot of credit for its management of VBM to date. Outreach to sign up was proactive (we received postcards inviting us to register online) and we received the ballots on Monday. Instructions were very clear on what to do to fill it out and return it.
    My parents are in suburban Cook and haven’t received their ballots and seem less clear on what’s going on. That’s anecdotal, obviously, but it is what it is.


  39. - notsosure - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 10:59 am:

    I love voting in person, but my VBM ballot arrived yesterday.


  40. - Mr K - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 11:01 am:


    I’m not voting by mail but I plan on voting absentee later this morning.

    Wait … what? That’s a joke, right?


  41. - Six Degrees of Separation - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 11:02 am:

    Voting in person, like always. Hope the security and efficiency of VBM does not become a legitimate issue this election, we have enough problems already.


  42. - Cardinal Fan - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 11:18 am:

    I’m voting in person on the state holiday.


  43. - cermak_rd - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 11:25 am:

    I’m voting in person the first day that early voting is allowed in suburban cook (Oct 19 looks like)


  44. - 47th Ward - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 11:40 am:

    I’m planning to vote in person on election day, barring anything unforeseen. It should be a national holiday, where neighbors come together and celebrate democracy and our civic traditions. But since that would lead to riots this year, maybe it’s good that people are staying home and voting by mail.

    I’ll be sure to say hello to the Proud Boys down at my polling place though. They’ll be easy to spot.


  45. - thisjustinagain - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 11:53 am:

    Requested, and awaiting Cook County Clerk to mail mine. Clerk will send email when mailed, and when received back at Clerk’s Office.


  46. - Cool Papa Bell - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 11:58 am:

    Choosing to vote in person.

    Kinda hope I get to see a central Illinois Proud Boy “standing by”

    I personally wouldn’t vote by mail. I would however vote early in person.


  47. - Responsa - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 12:01 pm:

    I am voting in person and working the polls on election day. Voting in person means that most signature verification dependencies can be resolved on the spot and also that any ballot irregularities (undervotes or overvotes) can be detected by the scanner with the opportunity for the voter to authorize submission as is or to void that ballot and get another one. I don’t understand why many people are willing to give up these immediate protections and resolutions when they vote by mail.


  48. - Nearly Normal - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 12:01 pm:

    I have requested a VBM ballot and am awaiting its arrival in my mailbox.


  49. - Stagman - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 12:10 pm:

    Working in Ohio this cycle. Still waiting on my ballot to arrive from Madison County.


  50. - Northsider - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 12:12 pm:

    Received it yesterday. I filled it out and will put it in my ward’s drop box on or after the 14th (mail service was crappy here even before the attempted sabotage).


  51. - Bourbon Street - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 12:20 pm:

    Nope. I voted in person last Friday. Luckily, very few voters were present at the time I voted, and everyone was masked and practicing social distancing.

    I personally don’t have a problem with VBM, but I agree with @Responsa about wanting the opportunity to resolve any signature discrepancies or ballot irregularities on the spot. I confess to being somewhat of a worrywart.


  52. - bhartbanjo - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 12:26 pm:

    This afternoon we will be voting early.


  53. - hisgirlfriday - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 1:07 pm:

    Voted early in-person because I didn’t want to have to wait or stress about a mail-in ballot.

    Now I just have to pray my county’s 2004-era computerized touch-screen voting system doesn’t get hacked, sabotaged, or otherwise malfunction to prevent my vote from being cast.

    I hate that the only paper ballot option is via vote by mail.

    Maybe if Dems get a federal trifecta we can get more money for a better and safer election system?


  54. - RIJ - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 1:09 pm:

    We’ll drop off our completed ballots tomorrow at the drop box at the official county ballot drop box.


  55. - Dotnonymous - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 1:13 pm:

    What is it the white boys are so proud of…exactly?

    Is it being in possession of the complexion with the connection to the (imaginary) protection?

    Humans are capable of deceiving themselves…at will…in the most self destructive ways…sadly.

    The Proud Boys must be immune from the shame directed towards them…righteously.


  56. - Mama - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 2:41 pm:

    I plan to vote in person at my local polling place like I always do.


  57. - sonnychiss - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 3:35 pm:

    No, voting the old fashioned way. In person at the polls.


  58. - Candy Dogood - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 4:46 pm:

    ===Total Already Voted: 57,398===

    Has the AP called the race for Durbin yet?


  59. - Pass the Butter - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 4:59 pm:

    Voting early.


  60. - MyTwoCents - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 5:07 pm:

    Apparently in Sangamon County, over 10% of the VBM ballots have already been returned via the drop boxes. I’ve got my ballot, will be returning it via a drop box at some point in the near future.
    https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200930/herersquos-what-you-need-to-know-about-mail-in-ballots-drop-boxes-or-early-voting


  61. - Mr K - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 5:45 pm:

    Well, the GOP — statewide, nationwide — has done nothing to earn my vote (especially after last night) — so, yeah, voted a few hours ago, dropped it off in a dropbox by the county courthouse.

    Fingers crossed.


  62. - Huh? - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 5:48 pm:

    “I’m not voting by mail but I plan on voting absentee later this morning.”

    It’s a trampian thing. VBM is bad while absentee ballot is good. Different terminology for the voting process. A bit of cognitive dissonance and disassociation.


  63. - Live Wire - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:15 pm:

    DuPage County-What a difference having a Democratic County Clerk makes for early voting.

    All of the VBM mailings don’t hurt, but DuPage is almost 2-1 over Lake and Kane Counties.


  64. - Live Wire - Wednesday, Sep 30, 20 @ 8:16 pm:

    I guess i should have refreshed the screen before posting.


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