Over 30,700 Illinois Mail-in Ballots Were Rejected In November Election

About 30,700 mail-in ballots in Illinois were rejected in last year’s November election, according to preliminary data from the Illinois State Board of Elections. 

  • Data shows a total of more than 2.2 million mail-ballots were requested across the state for the election.
  • Over 657,000 were returned and about 626,300 counted, which shows a roughly 30,700 difference.
  • Illinois lawmakers expanded mail-in ballots during the pandemic to go beyond absentee requests, allowing anyone to request a ballot.
  • The Democratic-controlled state legislature further expanded mail-in balloting to allow for the universal option to be a standing request for voters who apply with their local elections official.
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