Vote by mail

Election judges (from left) Bob Teel, Joanna Dodd and Dorothy Williams evluate signatures on vote-by-mail envelopes.
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In a small office on the first floor of the Sangamon County building in downtown Springfield, a team of three election judges pored over dozens of yellow ballot-certification envelopes on a recent morning.

A sign in the Sangamon County building directing voters.
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Early voting for the November election began Thursday in most of Illinois. Local election authorities can also start sending out 1.8 million vote-by-mail ballots.

Sangamon County Circuit Clerk Office sign
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Voters in Sangamon County will be able to submit their mail-in ballots for the November election in two drop boxes instead of sending back through the postal service.

Mary Hansen / NPR Illinois

Chicago’s election agency plans to allow voters to drop off their mail-in ballots at all early voting sites starting in mid-October. In Champaign County, the county clerk plans to have up to six drop boxes for voters to put their ballots in through Election Day.

Voting signs at Sangamon County building

Millions of voters across Illinois are getting vote-by-mail applications.

A new law signed by the governor this summer directs all election authorities in the state to send out the applications by August 1.