Residents were given the option to drop off absentee ballots in a secure lockbox in the board’s parking lot or call the office directly and complete a ballot in person in their vehicle, Baker said. Many residents took advantage of the opportunity, with a steady stream of cars going and going at the board’s office until polls closed at 7:30 p.m.
Voters were given the same options in Champaign County, Board of Elections’ director Meredith Bodey said.
In Champaign County, about 7,050 ballots were cast out of 25,617 voters making voter turnout 27% in the county, according to unofficial results from the Champaign County Board of Elections.
That was also a significant drop in voter participation for Champaign County. In 2026, there was a 44% turnout, with 11,287 ballots cast.
Bodey said in Champaign County, 5,801 absentee ballots had been mailed out as of Monday.
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