Village of New Lenox set to break personal record for early voting

The village of New Lenox’s previous record turnout for early voting was 4,000 and was already at 3,800 as of Monday, Oct. 26.�

The village has been seeing roughly 500 voters per day as the machines can only work so fast to print each person’s ballot.�

“Laura Zilinskas and the staff here have done an amazing job with early voting,” Mayor Tim Baldermann said. “It has been extremely busy and there are always people complaining, but those are so few and far between, and there has not been one legitimate (complaint) about our staff. They have been top notch.”

Baldermann added that the staff has been doing a great job assisting the elderly and disabled voters get in and out quicker so that they don’t have to stand in the line for hours.

New Lenox resident Matty Krylowicz also had a positive experience even though the lines were long.�

“My experience wasn’t bad at all,” he said. “I believe what took the longest, other than the line, was printing my ballot. I got up to the window and the lady found my name right away, clicked print and we waited probably a minute before it printed.”

Krylowicz also said that most people respected social distancing guidelines.�

The early voting period ends Saturday, Oct. 31.�

Zilinskas said that if someone is in line when the village hall closes — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday — they will still be allowed to vote.�

Baldermann reiterated that people are not allowed to wear hats or buttons that promote one political party, as it is against the law. He said that is the main complaint they have received.�

via | The Herald-News

October 28, 2020 at 07:17AM

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