Election Commission - Press Release

 





  Danville Election Commission
Sandy Delhaye, Director

201 North Vermilion Street
Vermilion County Admin Building - Lower Level
Danville, IL 61832
Phone:  (217) 554-1930
Fax: (217) 554-1933
Hours:   Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding legal holidays)

 

 

 

 

 
Immediate Release - 07/20/2020
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Danville Election Commission Voter Outreach

Danville Election Commission Executive Director Sandy Delhaye announced that the last day for residents of the City of Danville to register to vote (excluding Grace Period Registration) prior to November 3, 2020, General Election is October 6, 2020.

Registration is available in person at the Danville Election Commission office, by mail or online.  A potential voter may print a copy of the Registration Application from the Commission's website, www.danvillevotes.com.  A person may also register at any Illinois Secretary of States' license facility if they are renewing a driver's license or updating the address.  You may also register online at https://ova.elections.il.gov/ if you have a current Illinois Driver's License or Illinois State ID card.  You must give the last 4 digits of your social security number.  Your registration will be processed and you will receive your voter card within 2 weeks of applying.

Residents unable to register to vote in person due to a disability and have no internet access may contact the Election Commission office at 217-554-1930 for assistance.  The Election Commission can arrange for in-home registration.


Illinois law also provides for Voting by Mail for persons who are disabled or incapacitated.  Those who wish to Vote by Mail must have their signed request for a ballot in the office no later than October 29, 2020.  Early voting in the Election Commission office begins September 24, 2020, and runs through November 2, 2020.

The City of Danville will also have the AutoMark Voter Assist Terminal available in the Danville Election Commission office, 201 N Vermilion Street, Lower Level of the Vermilion County Administration Building for any voter who needs assistance marking the ballot.  The terminal accepts the digital or optical scan ballot, reads it to the voter, if desired, and marks it according to the voter's instructions using either the touch screen or a directional keypad.  The ballot is then returned to the voter to be inserted in the tabulator to be counted. 

For additional information regarding these topics or any other voting issue, please call the Danville Election Commission office at 217-554-1930.

Immediate Release - 07/20/2020
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NOTICE TO VOTE BY MAIL VOTERS

Your ballot may be returned to the election authority by mail, or delivered in person.  In person delivery can be by either the voter or by any person authorized by the voter, or by a company licensed as a motor carrier of property by the Illinois Commerce Commission under the Illinois Commercial Transportation Law, which is engaged in the business of making deliveries.  If delivered, the ballot must be received by the election authority prior to the polls closing (at 7:00 PM) on Election Day.  If mailed, the ballot must be postmarked by Election Day (please note that special rules apply to a voter who has been admitted to a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation center within 14 days of the election; you may contact your election authority for further information if this is your situation).

TO THE VOTER

In signing the certification on the vote by mail ballot envelope, you are attesting that you personally marked this vote by mail ballot in secret.  If you are physically unable to mark the ballot, a friend or relative may assist you after completing the enclosed affidavit.  Federal and State laws prohibit your employer, your employer's agent or an officer or agent of your union from assisting physically disabled voters.  State law prohibits a candidate whose name appears on the ballot (unless the physically disabled voter is the spouse, parent, child, brother or sister of the candidate) from assisting a physically disabled voter.
TO THE PERSON PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO VOTERS

You have been selected by a voter to provide voting assistance.  Under Illinois law, only voters who are blind, physically disabled or unable to read or write the English language may be assisted by a relative or friend.  Individuals who cannot assist voters include the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union, or a candidate whose name appears on the ballot (unless the candidate is the spouse, parent, child, brother or sister of the voter).

You must mark the ballot as directed by the voter.  Individuals who make any attempt to influence the voter's choice of candidates, party or votes in relation to a public question or to mark the ballot other than as directed by the voter may be builty of a class 3  felony.  If you cannot tell the voter's intent, you must not mark the ballot in any way.  You may not subsequently divulge the candidate(s) or public questions for whom the voter instructed you to cast ballots.

10 ILCS 5/19-1, 19-2, 19-4, 19-5, 19-6, 19-8, 19-13, 29-20

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Last Thursday, June 18, 2020, Governor J. B. Pritzker signed into law SB 1863 and HB 2238 which will change the way the November 3, 2020 will be held.

Governor Pritzker stated, "Sending vote by mail applications to residents who have participated in recent elections will allow more people to exercise that right from the safety of their own homes and help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities".

 
Anyone in Illinois who cast a ballot from November 2018 or later, or who registered to vote or changed addresses after the March 2020 primary, will be sent an application to vote by mail.
 
Individuals who changed their name, or who requested a mail-in-ballot since November 2018, even if they had not voted, will also be sent an application.
 
These applications will be mailed out by August 1. They will need to be filled out in order to receive mail-in-ballots. The first day those ballots will be able to be mailed out is September 24.
 
To improve the signature verification process, the legislation raises the standard for rejecting a VBM ballot. The election authority will be required to appoint a bipartisan panel of three judges to verify voters' signature and the validity of the ballot. Currently, only a single election judge makes this determination.
 
The legislation permits the use of curb-side voting, in which voters can fill out the ballot outside of the polling place.
 
To learn more about the changes that will take place for the November election please contact our office at the number shown above. We will continue to update our website at http://www.danvillevotes.com