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. 
DORAL, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 15: Boxes for Vote-by-Mail ballots that have been rejected or accepted due to signature discrepancies are seen as the Miami-Dade County Canvassing Board convenes ahead of the November 3rd general election at the Miami-Dade County Elections Department on October 15, 2020 in Doral, Florida. The canvassing board was verifying questionable voter’s signatures on the Vote-by-Mail ballots by comparing them to the signature on file. Voters have cast 149,683 Vote-by-Mail ballots so far and only 414 of those had been questioned. Voters head to the polls in Florida on October 19th for early in person voting for the November 3rd election where President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are facing off against each other.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • 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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