Rose Twp. gets new equipment, polling place for election

This is the new touchscreen available for voters to use at the Shelby County courthouse.

With coronavirus a continuing concern as the 2020 general election approaches, Shelby County Clerk Jessica Fox wants to provide voters with information about how they can cast their ballot for the Nov. 3, 2020 election.

The Illinois General Assembly this year passed an election bill that provides many safeguards against the spread of coronavirus in the voting process for the Nov. 3rd general election. Chief among them are provisions to increase voting by mail throughout the state.

“We want to make sure every registered voter wishing to cast a ballot for the Nov. 3 election can do so in the manner they feel is best for them," Fox said in a press release. "Whether this is voting by mail, going to their polling place, or voting early at the Shelby County Clerk’s office.”

Applications will be mailed to all Shelby County registered voters later this week. Fox encourages everyone wishing to vote by mail to get their application in as soon as possible. Ballots will be mailed from Sept. 24 – Oct. 29. Early voting begins Sept. 24 and is only available in the Shelby County Clerk’s office.

The deadline to apply for a vote by mail ballot is Oct. 29. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3 and properly postmarked ballots will be accepted through Nov. 17. ALL vote by mail ballots MUST be returned to the County Clerk’s office.

Fox encourages all Shelby County residents check their voter registration now to make certain they are correctly registered to vote in Shelby County. Voters wishing to check their voter registration status can do so either by calling the County Clerk’s office at 774-4421 or at the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

Vote by mail ballots can also be requested online at

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