A reminder from the League's Voter Registration team:
Did you request a mail ballot and now want to vote in person? That's fine. You'll need to bring that mail ballot/envelopes into the polling place and surrender it to an election judge. Once you do that, you'll be able to vote in person that day.
If you're not able to bring in the mail ballot you received, you'll still be able to vote in person, but it will be provisionally. That means the County Clerk's office will hold your ballot for 14 days after election day before your votes are counted.
The national League of Women Voters provided this announcement:
"Learn important tactics at our Active Bystander Training on October 29
With voting underway and a large turnout expected, we want to make sure that you feel equipped to handle some of the potential challenges voters may face while in line. Together with many of our coalition partners, we will be hosting a comprehensive Active Bystander training on October 29, including the following components: know your rights, identifying problematic situations, learning best practices for de-escalation by applying non-violence principles, and role-playing scenarios. You can click here to register for the training."
County clerk Aaron Ammons gave The News-Gazette a tour of the early voting process in Champaign County. Below is a 7 minute video published by the News Gazette.
This link on the County Clerk's Twitter account gives you a 30 second peek at the office as they start to receive mail in ballots. (You don't need a Twitter account to view it - just click the link.)
" The first day ballots could be mailed was 9/24. It should take 5-7 days for the ballot to make it to you. So don't panic that your ballot hasn't arrived yet. We are having a lot of voters who have requested a ballot that are showing up to vote in person. This is something you can do as long as you fill out the affidavit saying you want to vote in person. If you have requested a vote by mail and then decided to vote in person, your vote by mail ballot might still be mailed to you. In the event you have already voted in person and your vote by mail arrives, please shred/destroy the ballot. There is no way for a voter to vote more than once, Our voter registration program tracks how, when and who votes and will not allow a person to vote more than once."
On Monday, October 5th at 7:00 pm, Illinois Public Media, WCIA-TV Channel 3, and the League of Women Voters of Champaign County will host an Illinois 13th Congressional District debate between Republican incumbent Rodney Davis and Democrat challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in the WCIA studios. Moderated by Brian Mackey, host of The 21st, the debate will feature questions from a panel of local journalist as well as constituents of Illinois’ 13th Congressional District.
The event will be broadcast live from the WCIA studios and simulcast on WILL-TV, WILL-AM 580, and WILL-FM 90.9. Also available for streaming at wcia.com, will.illinois.edu, illinoisnewsroom.org, and the WILL and WCIA Facebook pages.
To submit your questions for the debate, visit illinoisnewsroom.org/election2020/.
Join the Wesley Student Center & United Methodist Church at the UI via Zoom and Facebook Live on September 27 at 2:00 pm to hear from various presenters on the topics of racism, police brutality, media bias, civil and public discourse and many other topics. Presenters include Chancellor Jones, Director Michael Schlosser, Professor Brant Houston, Professor Ned O’ Gorman, and Professor Jennifer Robbennolt. Following the presentations their will be a 25 minute Q & A session.
Watch the event on Facebook Live on September 27 or contact Donna Giffen at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the event via Zoom Webinar. Facebook event.
This event is also supported by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County.
Another new drop box for receiving Vote-by-Mail has been installed on the UI Campus. Completed vote-by-mail ballots can be deposited in these boxes now until Election Day, November 3. (But don't wait until the last minute!)
Teams of Democratic and Republican staff members and trained volunteers pick up the ballots from the drop boxes every day.
Courtesy of the County Clerk's Twitter feed, here is a photo of the first Vote-by-Mail drop box in Champaign County. This drop box is at Brookens Administrative Center.
When you have received your vote-by-mail ballot, you can drop it off at the Brookens Administrative Center in this box.The Administrative Center is located at 1776 E Washington St, Urbana, IL 61802. Parking for the gymnasium is on the north side of the building, off of Art Bartell Road.
( Vote-by-mail ballots will mailed out starting September 24.)