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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Vernon Township asks Lake County Board to install secure collection site for early voting in Vernon

“It is the consensus of the Vernon Township Board that mobile drop-off locations for vote by mail and absentee ballots are an essential component of guaranteeing a free and fair election in November,” said Vernon Township Supervisor Jonathan Altenberg. “This is even more critical given the recent announcement by the U.S. Postal Service that it cannot guarantee ballots cast by mail for the November elections will arrive on time, possibly disqualifying votes.”

“The continuing COVID-19 crisis is creating fear among our citizens to be present at physical polling places both during early voting sessions and on election day,” continued Altenberg.  “The Trump Administration’s continued attempts to undermine the basic operations of the U.S. Postal Service during the election has many in our community fearful their vote by mail ballots will not be counted if residents use the U.S. Postal Service which could have limited or non-existing capacity.  The very integrity of our democracy hinges on the ability of our citizens to vote, and this ability is in question.”

Because of these concerns, the Vernon Township Board is kindly requesting that secure collection sites be installed at all early voting locations, including Vernon Township’s William E. Peterson Park building, with the following stipulations:

  • The secure collection sites are securely affixed to the ground or to a building to avoid pilferage.
  • The secure collection sites are securely locked to avoid tampering.
  • The site be monitored either electronically or physically during certain drop off times.
  • The secure collection site will allow for citizens to submit their ballots without having to leave their cars.  (I.e., a system much like a postal mail box.)
  • The boxes be emptied and secured daily at the close of polling places during early voting and on election day.

Vernon Township provides services to residents in all or portions of the villages of Buffalo Grove, Indian Creek, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Mettawa, Mundelein, Riverwoods, Vernon Hills, the City of Lake Forest, and unincorporated Vernon Township.

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