In a “July 2020” letter to Kane County voters, the county clerk said the first method is to complete an application online at

Kane County vote-by-mail ballot applications available

AURORA, Ill., July 13, 2020 — Applications for vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 3 general election are available.

Kane County Clerk John A. Cunningham has announced applications can be obtained in two ways—online and by paper copy.

In a “July 2020” letter to Kane County voters, he said the first method is to complete an application online at Applicants will receive an e-mail confirmation of acceptance of the application.

The second method is to request a paper copy of the application by calling the clerk’s office at (630) 232-5990.

Applicants for vote-by-mail ballots will receive a ballot at the address they are registered to vote between 30-40 days before the election, or late if applying closer to election day.

Per state law, ballots cannot be mailed until Sept. 24. Mail-in ballots must be completed and postmarked on or before election day to be counted.

Cunningham wrote, “The November 3 General Election is 4 months away, but our office has been preparing for months to protect the health and safety of our voters and election workers, including having hand sanitizing stations at all polling location(s) for voters, and having wipes, face coverings, gloves, and other PPE for election judges.

“Even with those safety measures, I strongly encourage all voters to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for the November 3 election. With a Vote by Mail ballot, you can vote safely from the convenience of home and avoid lines or crowds at the polling place on Election Day,” he said.

Call the clerk’s office at (630) 232-5990 for questions, check status of vote-by-mail applications/ballots or to request a paper application.

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Al Benson
Freelance Photo-Journalist

Al Benson is an Aurora-based freelance photo-journalist. He is currently an archives research specialist at Aurora University. His work has appeared in The Voice, The Daily Herald, The Beacon-News, and the Chicago Tribune.

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