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Illinois Lawmakers Approve Vote-by-Mail Expansion for November Election

Illinois Lawmakers Approve Vote-by-Mail Expansion for November Election

Illinois lawmakers on Friday approved of a vote-by-mail expansion for November’s general election — a move that comes as Democrats across the country attempt to seize on the coronavirus pandemic to achieve the long-held party objective.

The House on Thursday passed Senate Bill 1863 — 72-43 — which eases vote-by-mail for November’s election.

The measure passed in the state’s Senate on Friday — 37-19.

“The goal is to make vote-by-mail “more user-friendly, efficient, secure and accessible,” House bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Burke (D) said of the proposal, which allows voters to return their ballots to designated “collection sites” — something about which Republican lawmakers have expressed concern.

“As we adapt to public health guidelines and new technologies, it’s important we’re doing everything we can to protect our residents and ensure that they have access to voting,” Burke said.

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