Early voting begins Thursday. That’s also the day local election authorities will begin sending out mail-in ballots to those who made such a request. The deadline to request a mail in ballot is October 29. Many authorities have in-person voting at the elections offices up to election day. Some may also have weekend hours for early voting in-person.
OUT-OF-STATE MAIL IN --
Some former Illinoisans may have received a reminder to their new out-of-state address to request a mail in ballot from Illinois. Elections officials say if someone had previously requested a vote-by-mail ballot at an out-of-state address or if the local election authority for some other reason had an out-of-state address on file, the authority was required by law to send the reminder. The state elections board couldn’t immediately say how many of the 5.4 million mailings went out-of-state.