DIXON – The Illinois Secretary of State's Office recently sent out letters telling voters their vote-by-mail applications have not been received, but the Lee County Clerk is warning that the state's records weren't up to date.
The letters were part of the vote-by-mail expansion bill approved earlier this year that requires election authorities, such as the Lee County Clerk, to send a mail ballot application to every voter who has voted in any of the past three elections.
The law also requires that the Secretary of State shall send, by Sept. 15, 2020, a notice to any voter in Illinois who received an application for a mail ballot but according to State Board of Elections records has not yet applied for a mail ballot.
"However, the notices do not accurately reflect the current status of vote by mail applications my office has received from Lee County voters," County Clerk Cathy Myers said. "Many voters who have applied for mail ballots, as well as voters who have no interest in voting by mail, have received these letters."
"I assure those who have applied for mail ballots that my office has been processing your applications, and vote by mail ballots will be sent to Lee County voters who have requested them beginning Sept. 24, 2020 and should start arriving in homes the following week," Myers added.
Voters can track their mail ballots at www.leecountyil.com under the Election tab.
For those who aren't voting by mail, early in-person voting begins Thursday at the old Lee County Courthouse, and polls will be open on Nov. 3.