Deal allows Ill. soldiers more time to mail ballots

October 22, 2010 2:38:34 PM PDT
Some Illinois soldiers serving overseas will get more time to vote under a deal announced Friday between the U.S. Justice Department and state election officials.

They are trying to make sure the soldiers aren't shut out of voting by delays in getting absentee ballots out.

About one third of Illinois election authorities failed to mail overseas ballots by the September 18th deadline. But the agreement involves soldiers from just six counties -- Boone, Jersey, St. Clair, Hancock, Massac and Schuyler. They get an extra day to mail in their ballots.