With just a few days until Sangamon County’s consolidated general election, local voters will now have the opportunity to capitalize on a new state law. 

On Friday, Gov. JB Pritzker signed House Bill 1871, which expands vote-by-mail and curbside voting for all future elections.

“Voting is the most fundamental right of our democracy and must continue to be widely available and accessible to everyone and the passage of HB 1871 provides more opportunities for safe and secure voting,” Democratic Sen. Doris Turner, of Springfield, told The State Journal-Register on Saturday. “An overwhelming number of people in Sangamon County are taking advantage of absentee voting, and I am pleased that the curbside boxes utilized during the November election have remained an option. Fortunately, now that option and others will always be available not only in Sangamon County but in every county in Illinois.”