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Aug 03

2020 General Election Ballot Positions

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 10:06 PM by Robert Watson


The results for Ballot Position Lottery, held on May 1, 2020 at 11:00 am:
  1. Libertarian
  2. Democratic
  3. Republican
Aug 03

Are You Required to Vote by Mail if You Request a Vote by Mail Ballot?

Posted on August 3, 2020 at 9:37 PM by Robert Watson


Receiving your ballot in the mail does not commit you to voting by mail. Once you have filled in your ballot, sealed it, and mailed it you cannot vote again at your polling place or an early voting center. The key step there is mailing it.

If you decide not to mail your ballot, even though you voted and sealed it, you can tear it up and dispose of it. When you go to your polling place, either on Election Day or during Early Voting, and attempt to check in, the election judge will see that you were mailed your ballot. At that time you can inform the election judge that you want to vote at the polling place instead. They will look you up, provide you with the correct ballot, have you vote, return the ballot to them and it will be placed in a large, secure Provisional Vote envelope.

This is a safeguard for anyone voting twice (by accident or otherwise).

How do we keep votes from counting twice? When you vote at the polling place, it immediately goes into the system. When your vote by mail ballot arrives at our office and we process that mail-in ballot, our system will indicate you voted on Election Day. The ballot submitted at the polling place is the vote that is counted. The other ballot is placed in a special, secure file in case we need to reference it, but is not counted. The first vote received and entered in the system by the voter, is the one that is processed.
Jul 31

Help! I've received multiple vote by mail applications

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 11:04 PM by Robert Watson

Most voters will receive more than one vote by mail application. Political parties, voting advocate organizations, and other entities may send vote by mail applications to voters. This may create confusion for voters,...

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Jul 28

Voter Question: Are electronic poll books used in McLean County to activate BMDs

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 10:26 PM by Robert Watson

No. Electronic poll books are only used to program the card that sets up the touchscreen.
Jul 28

Voter Question: Are ballot-marking devices (BMD's) used?

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 10:25 PM by Robert Watson

The only ballot-marking devices used are ballot marking pens that are provided to voters at each polling place.
Jul 28

Voter Question: Are Diebold touchscreen voting machines used in McLean County?

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 10:23 PM by Robert Watson

ACCUVOTE touchscreens are the voting machines used in McLean County.
Jul 28

Voter Question: Will the public be allowed to enter polling places after they close?

Posted on July 28, 2020 at 10:21 PM by Robert Watson

Pollwatchers who have requested and received proper approval in advance, then show their ID to the election judges may be present after the polls close. The general public is not allowed in polling places after the polls close.

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Jul 16

Voter Question: Postage

Posted on July 16, 2020 at 11:25 AM by Robert Watson

There are rumors that mailing in your Vote by Mail application will require extra postage. That is simply not true. While a voter is required to attach First Class postage to return their Vote by Mail application to the County Clerk's Office, there is no requirement for additional postage beyond the single First Class stamp.
Jul 07

Voter Question: Precinct Fraud

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 9:33 PM by Robert Watson

If there is fraud in multiple precincts across the state, at what point does the entire election become invalidated?

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Jul 07

Voter Question: Fraudulent Ballots

Posted on July 7, 2020 at 9:32 PM by Robert Watson

Is there some way to identify the fraudulent ballots and not count them?

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