With the 2020 election coming up, the Illinois General Assembly has signed two acts into law to help provide Americans with safety and health measures for voters amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The acts include Public Acts 101-641 and 101-642, providing safety for poll workers and voters.
One measure for the upcoming general election includes each election authority being required to send out vote-by-mail ballot applications to all registered voters who have voted in any of the last three elections or registered and changed their address since March 18, 2020.
McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael and the Bloomington Election Commission will be sending out vote-by-mail ballot applications to active registered voters in the City of Bloomington and McLean County no later than Aug. 1. This year’s ballots will be mailed beginning on Sept. 24 per state law.
The McLean County Clerk’s Office and the Bloomington Election Commission are also taking steps to keep voters safe on Election Day for those voters who choose to vote in-person. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines will be followed at all polling places.
Election Day will also be a holiday. Schools, universities and government offices will all be closed on Election Day, with the exception of election authorities.
Individuals can register to vote through the mail by going on the website and completing the vote-by-mail ballot application.