Cook County Clerk David Orr is reminding local campaigns that there are strict rules about mail-in absentee voting that must be followed in all elections. Orr’s reminder comes two days after suspicious instances of absentee voting were uncovered in the South Suburbs, and turned over to the state’s attorney’s office.
While mail-in absentee voting is a great convenience for travelers and housebound voters, it is tightly regulated. Under Illinois law, registered voters are eligible to cast an absentee ballot by mail only if they are unable to make it to their polling place on Election Day. In addition, except for a close relative or someone from an authorized messenger service, no one, such as a campaign worker, should take possession of a voted mail-in absentee ballot to deliver or mail.
“Political workers who take advantage of voters and make up their own rules will not be tolerated,” Orr said.
When it comes to early voting, Illinois’ new law—that Orr sponsored—allows voters to cast ballots at 32 locations from now until Thursday, April 12th, without having to declare a reason.
To learn more about absentee voting guidelines, or to find early voting locations near them, voters can visit the Cook County clerk’s website: www.voterinfonet.com. For other information about the Cook County clerk’s office, please see www.cookctyclerk.com.