Applications to vote by mail sent out to area voters

Over the past week, many in the area may have received a letter in the mail from the county clerk. Others may receive a letter in the upcoming days. These letters contain a vote by mail application.

Randolph County Clerk Melanie Johnson explained that all county clerks statewide were mandated to send out these applications to anyone who voted in the 2018, 2019 or 2020 elections.

“We are simply complying with the Illinois General Assembly and Senate Bill 1863. This legislation includes money to cover the additional expense,” she said.

Monroe County Clerk Jonathan McLean added that due to COVID-19 health concerns, he is encouraging voters to consider voting by mail this November.

For more on mail in voting, please see this week’s print edition.