Voters may now register for absentee voting

Voters may now register for absentee voting

Macoupin County voters may now apply for a vote-by-mail absentee ballot for the Nov. 4 general election, Macoupin County Clerk Pete Duncan recently announced.

New state law signed this summer moved up the date that voters can begin applying for vote-by-mail absentee ballots. Voters have been able to apply since Aug. 6, and ballots will be sent out starting Sept. 25.

“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 early October,” Duncan said. “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 more ways to apply than ever before. They include:

• Calling (217) 854-3214, ext. 707, to request an application be mailed;

• Downloading and filling out a blank application from macoupinvotes.com and mailing it to the County Clerk’s Office at P.O. Box 107, Carlinville, IL 62626; and

• Filling out an online request tool at macoupinvotes.com to have the Election Office mail a paper application for the voter to complete.

For the first time in Macoupin County, voters may also apply online. Duncan said that applying online takes less than a minute. 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 Election Office. Applying online will remove a few steps of snail mail, making it more efficient for voters and the Election office.

Duncan reminded 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.

For more information, call (217) 854-3214, ext. 707, during office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or visit macoupinvotes.com.