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Early voting in mayoral primaries triples from 2019

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PEORIA (HOI) -- Polling locations for Tuesday's mayoral primary and city council district elections were slow today across Peoria, even as officials saw a significant increase in early and mail-in ballots.

Executive Director of the Peoria County Election Commission Tom Bride said early voting ballots increased from 1,111 ballots in 2019 to 2,939 ballots this year.

Further, Bride said they've received around 1,800 mail-in ballots so far, already more than double the total amount from 2019.

Officials are expecting around a couple hundred more mail-in ballots to trickle in. Mail-in ballots are valid if postmarked by Election Day.

Bride also confirmed that an issue with incorrect dates being printed on slips used to access ballot machines will not affect the vote counting process.

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Alex Gaul

Alex Gaul joined WEEK 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC in January 2021 as a Multimedia Journalist. He formerly worked for KPNX-TV and KAET-TV, both in Phoenix, Arizona. The Illinois-native is an alum of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

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