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Illinois Extends Absentee Voting Deadline

By AP/KWMU

Chicago – Illinois has extended its deadline for military and overseas absentee ballots.

Under a State Board of Elections recommendation announced Monday, Illinois election jurisdictions will be allowed to count military and overseas absentee ballots that arrive as late as 14 days after the November Second general election.

In previous elections, absentee ballots for all voters had to be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

But Chicago Board of Election Commissioners chairman Langdon Neal says that deadline has disqualified hundreds of absentee ballots sent in by military and overseas personnel that arrived shortly after previous elections.

The change applies to Illinois residents who are military personnel living elsewhere in the United States or overseas and civilians living overseas.

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