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CHICAGO — In Illinois, voters will be able to deposit mail-in ballots at secure drop-off boxes setup by local election authorities.

The boxes will allow for ballots to be dropped off at early voting sites, amid the recent concern over USPS cuts.

Suburban Cook County plans to have more than 50 drop-off boxes available before the Nov. 3 presidential election. The ballots will be collected daily on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., weekends between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (depending on location). The ballots will also be time stamped to make sure they are counted.

Lake County will have more than a dozen, DuPage County plans to have more than 300 drop boxes at early voting locations and election day sites.

Ballots for mail-in voting will be sent out starting Sept. 24.

Both the city and county election boards are telling people to get their requests in for mail-in ballots as soon as possible and return them.

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