Capitol - Your Illinois News Radar » VBM applications are 8 times higher than the same period four years ago
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
VBM applications are 8 times higher than the same period four years ago

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020

* Media advisory…

Dear Editors and Reporters:

As Election Day nears, we and local election authorities are fielding many questions regarding voting by mail. On the assumption that you probably are hearing these questions from your readers, viewers and listeners, I wanted to provide you with the FAQ document from our website. It addresses the questions we’ve heard most often and contains background on voting by mail in general.

As in past elections, the most frequently asked question pertains to voters who request a mail ballot but then decide they’re rather vote in person.

Also attached are spreadsheets showing the early voting and vote-by-mail numbers as of today and those for Nov. 18, 2016, which also was three weeks before the election. This year, we have recorded more than double the number of early votes cast three weeks before the 2016 election – 177,652 to 87,777. (Please note that you will need to add columns F and G to get early vote totals. “Grace” refers to votes cast after Oct. 6 by voters registering to vote during grace period registration, which begins 27 days before an election. Those who register in person during the grace period must vote at the time of registration.)

The 2.15 million vote-by-mail applications for 2020 is more than eight times the number of applications at this time in the 2016 election cycle.

I also want to remind you of some important dates and deadlines for your election coverage. While Illinois law allows a voter to request a vote-by-mail ballot through Oct. 29, we are strongly encouraging those who wish to vote by mail to submit their application much earlier – preferably by Oct. 15. Details are explained the FAQ.

Also, while we like to point out that voter registration in Illinois never closes before the polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, online voter registration closes at the end of the day Oct. 18. This week is a good time to remind your readers, viewers and listeners of that deadline, after which they can still register to vote at all early voting locations and at their polling place on Election Day.

Voters can find their early voting locations and hours on our website here:

They can register to vote and check their registration status here:

Please let me know if you have additional questions and thank you for your coverage so far.

Matt Dietrich
Public Information Officer
Illinois State Board of Elections

* Attachments…

* October 18, 2016 ISBE report

* October 13, 2018 ISBE report


- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Responsa - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 6:20 pm:

    I have a question for anybody here who has already requested and received a VBM ballot. Do the accompanying info and instructions make clear that you can still vote in person either early or on election day–but that you will need to bring in your unvoted VBM ballot to officially relinquish it and get a new ballot? As someone who is assigned to be an election judge on election day I am just wondering how much confusion there will be on this process from folks who ordered a VBM “just in case” but intend to vote in person. Thanks

  2. - Morningstar - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 6:26 pm:

    Yes. Instructions on my ballot were very clear. A co-worker showed me instructions he received, and though they were formatted differently (and smaller print), they still said that in-person voting required him to bring the ballot he received in the mail.

  3. - lake county democrat - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 6:30 pm:

    I have a friend in Cook County whose VBM ballot has been in limbo since 9/28 (i.e., apparently not even mailed yet).

    Lake County ballot is clear but envelope isn’t - very easy to sign the authorization to let someone else deliver it rather than signing the verification statement.

  4. - Huh? - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 6:32 pm:

    Responsa - I did request and receive an absentee ballot. As I recall, there wasn’t any information about what to do if someone decides to vote in person and what to do with the absentee ballot.

    QI had read a newspaper article that said a voter should take the absentee ballot with them to the polling place. The election judges would “spoil” the absentee ballot and then issue a new paper ballot.

    What happened when I voted in person was that the election judge inserted the absentee ballot into an envelope marked “spoiled”, went into the computer database and deleted the absentee ballot and issued a new paper ballot. It took about 10 minutes for the process to be completed.

  5. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 6:36 pm:

    I voted by mail (by drop box actually) in Chicago and the directions are very clear. Problem is that you have to actually read the directions and/or watch the video.
    I used the drop box at 69 W. Washington. It was outdoors (unlike what it shows in the instructional video) and I received an email that evening saying that it was received and would be counted.

  6. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 6:51 pm:

    “Do the accompanying info and instructions make clear that you can still vote in person either early or on election day–but that you will need to bring in your unvoted VBM ballot to officially relinquish it and get a new ballot?”

    Yes, it is made clear in the instructions.

    Terrific news on the breaking of early voting records so far. Tax ads are flying on TV. Just saw one point out where on the ballot to vote yes. Vote, vote, vote.

  7. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 7:04 pm:

    The instructions are very clear.
    The problem is that you have to actually read them.

  8. - zatoichi - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 8:28 pm:

    Instruction were very easy and clear. Turned my ballot in at the local court house. Clerk had a staffed table to accept ballots. Envelope had barcode info they scanned into their records to prove I turned it in. On election day the clerks data print out will show I already voted and I will not be allowed to vote again.

  9. - Responsa - Tuesday, Oct 13, 20 @ 11:00 pm:

    Thank you to those who replied to my question. I am well versed and prepared on the process to be followed at the polls should someone come in to vote in person after having received a VBM. My question/concern is that they may not know to (or remember) that they must physically bring their unvoted ballot with them and turn it in to be voided in order to cast a vote on a new ballot in person. The process Huh? described is the correct one. Tiny Dancer succinctly addresses my genuine concern.

  10. - weeds - Wednesday, Oct 14, 20 @ 8:18 am:

    Responsa, “reconciliation” question.

    Does the election judge see the VBM status on the voter roll?

    For example, I show up to vote in person, but had also requested a VBM ballot.
    Does election judge know this?
    What does election judge do?
    Is a provisional ballot provided?
    Who/how is integrity of one vote assured?

    I found the FAQ on ISBE website but this is not addressed.

  11. - TinyDancer(FKASue) - Wednesday, Oct 14, 20 @ 9:44 am:

    Chicago Board of Election Commissioners site states that if you could not apply on time, or do not receive your ballot, or lose your ballot or lose your Ballot Return Envelope, or cannot get your Ballot Return Envelope in the mail by Election Day you can:

    “Cancel your mail ballot and receive and cast an Election Day ballot at the polling place assigned to your precinct on Tues., Nov. 3. If the voter has the mail ballot, that ballot should be surrendered to the election judges. If the voter does not have the mail ballot, the voter may cast a provisional ballot after completing a provisional-ballot affidavit.”

TrackBack URI

This is not Facebook, so uncivil comments, profanity of any kind, rumors and anonymous commenters will not be tolerated and will likely result in banishment.

* Democratic Illinois Supreme Court candidate says Madigan should resign, challenges opponent on releasing child molesters, claims hunting and fishing are her hobbies, says she wants "shootout" with opponent
* Mitigations announced for southern Illinois' Region 5
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Fundraiser list and a campaign update
* Question of the day
* A bit much
* 3,113 new cases, 22 additional deaths, 2,096 hospitalized, 5.4 percent positivity rate - Southern Illinois hits 3 days of 8+ percent positivity - DuPage/Kane at 2 days
* More broadband expansion money released
* Rate the new Kim Foxx TV ad
* Always scroll to the end
* Court rules that municipal offices can remain open on election day despite new state law
* "I’ve studied pandemics, and they all end... The question is: How long does it take to end? And how many people will die?"
* Southern Illinois on verge of mitigation as Pritzker heads to region
* Rep. Costa Howard running a new sort of Democratic campaign
* NYT takes deep dive into Timpone's operation
* Open thread
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition and some campaign updates
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Saturday campaign updates (Password updated)
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Saturday polling extra! (Password updated)
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Saturday's edition of Capitol Fax (Password updated)
* Yesterday's stories

Visit our advertisers...





Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2020
September 2020
August 2020
July 2020
June 2020
May 2020
April 2020
March 2020
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019
August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0

Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller