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Senator Bush encourages vote by mail

Sen. Melinda BushGRAYSLAKE — In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by not having people line up at the polls to cast their ballot in November, State Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) encourages people to take advantage of the state’s robust vote-by-mail program.

“Illinoisans will not have to choose between casting their vote and staying healthy this fall,” Bush said. “Voters have more options to have their voices heard — which is especially important at a time when so many are leaning on their elected officials for help.”

Thanks to Senate Bill 1863, which Bush supported and was signed into law last week, people who are registered to vote and want to request a vote-by-mail ballot may now do so by visiting their individual election authority’s website.

People who live in Lake County should visit lakecountyil.gov/4321/Voting-by-Mail to request their ballot.

Additionally, those who are not yet registered to vote may do so by visiting the Illinois State Board of Elections website, and they will be able to request a vote-by-mail ballot while applying.

While people are now able to apply for a ballot on their own, everyone who has voted in the past two years —in the 2018 General Election, 2019 Consolidated Election or 2020 Primary Election — will automatically receive an application for a vote-by-mail ballot in their mailbox for the 2020 General Election.

People who registered to vote after the 2020 Primary Election will also receive an application.

Election authorities are expected to mail out applications no later than Aug. 1, so people can expect their applications in early August. They can also expect to receive periodic reminders from the secretary of state’s office to submit their application.

“I encourage people to take advantage of our vote-by-mail program, which will allow people to stay safe in their homes while exercising their right,” Bush said.

Sen. Melinda Bush

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31st Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education; Environment and Conservation (Chairperson); Government Accountability/Pensions; Revenue; Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (AP); Sub. on Tax Exemptions and Credits; Sub. on Interscholastic Athletics; Opioid Crisis Abatement Spec. Com..

Biography: Born March 18, 1956; former member of the Lake County Board, Forest Preserve Board and former Grayslake village trustee; married (Andy) with one adult son (Chris).

Associated Representatives:
Joyce Mason
Sam Yingling