County clerk now accepting requests to vote by mail

County clerk now accepting requests to vote by

CARLINVILLE (Jan. 11, 2018) – Macoupin County voters may now apply for a vote by mail ballot for the March 20 Primary Election, County Clerk Pete Duncan has announced.

Voters have been able to apply since Dec. 20, and ballots will be sent out starting Feb. 8.

“Although the election is still just under 80 days away, voters can request a ballot now and it will be delivered to your mailbox in mid-February,” said Duncan. “Applying now is the first step towards being able to vote from your own home at your convenience.”

Duncan stressed that the Macoupin Election Office is now offering multiple ways to apply. Anyone can request a ballot online through macoupinvotes.com; by phone at (217) 854-3214, ext. 707; by mail; or in person. He noted applying online takes less than a minute and will remove a few steps of “snail mail,” making it more efficient for voters and the Elections office. Voters will need the last four digits of their Social Security number, their driver’s license or state identification card, and an email address. That information will be verified before the application is processed by the Elections Office.

Duncan said he hopes greater numbers of Macoupin County voters take advantage of voting by mail or early voting in order to avoid congestion at the polls on Election Day. In the last presidential election, about 16 percent of Macoupin County votes were cast before Election Day; Duncan hopes for a higher percentage this year.

Duncan reminds everyone that regardless of how the voter applies, the signature on their ballot certification will be compared against the signature in their voter file by a team of Democratic and Republican election judges before their ballot is counted.

Anyone with questions may contact the Elections Office during office hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at (217) 854-3214, ext. 707, or visit macoupinvotes.com. State law requires that ballots will begin being mailed on Feb. 8, so voters should wait until mid-February to check to see if their ballot has been mailed.