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What you need to know about mail-in voting in Rock Island County

Election Day is just two and a half months away. And the Rock Island County Clerk says she's gotten twice as many ballot request forms than she got in 2016.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — During the 2020 election, mail-in voting is expected to climb with concerns about COVID-19 and voting in person.

If you're registered to vote in Rock Island County, County Clerk Karen Kinney explained what you need to know about mail-in voting this year.

  • You should have already gotten a ballot request form if you're registered to vote in Rock Island County.
  • Submit your request form by Oct. 29th, either by sending it back in the mail or dropping it off at the county court's building on Third Street in Rock Island.
  • Actual ballots will start going out in late September.
  • Send your mail-in ballot back, postmarked by Nov. 3 (Election Day).
  • You can drop it off at the county court building starting Sept. 24th instead.
  • Or you can surrender it on Election Day at your polling location.

Kinney is encouraging people to vote early by mail because of COVID-19 and any potential issues later with the postal service.

"The sooner the better because of the mail service," she says. "We`re not sure if we can count on it yet. So far we haven`t had a problem. And we hope that luck continues."

In about two weeks, Kinney says a new dropbox will be set-up outside the county offices in downtown Rock Island. You can drop off your completed ballot there instead of sending it back in the mail.

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