Governor Pritzker signed legislation June 16, 2020 which takes into account the uncertainties created by the pandemic by expanding vote by mail options.
I will share the actual Public Act with you when it has been published. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights:
(a) Election authorities are required to send vote-by-mail applications for the Nov. 3 general election to the 5 million voters who participated in the 2018 general election, the 2019 municipal elections or the March 2020 primary.
(b) Election Day will be a school holiday, and a holiday for state and local employees.
(c) Early Voting Hours must have polls open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends and holidays while allowing curbside voting, in which voters can fill out the ballot outside of the polling place. Local election authorities can also set aside additional early voting hours for voters at greatest risk of contracting the coronavirus and must establish a central voting site where anyone who lives in the jurisdiction can vote.
(d) Federal monies will be disbursed by the Illinois State Board of Elections to local election authorities to pay for the expenses of the 2020 general election. I look forward to sharing more information about these important voting options as we prepare for the election.