The State Board of Elections is urging utility workers, volunteers, and anyone who may help with disaster relief efforts in Hurricane Matthew-affected areas to vote before they travel out-of-state.

“There is no assurance that those impacted will return in time to cast an in-person vote on November 8, 2016,” a statement from the board said. “Early voting prior to departing guarantees utility workers, volunteers, and others involved in the clean-up that their ballots will be cast.”

The Board said early voting is the best option for those anticipating assisting in Hurricane Matthew clean-up efforts because it avoids the potential issues that can occur with mail-in ballots. Residents can find early voting locations at by clicking “Voters” and “When and Where Can I Vote.”

The State Board of Elections is an independent state agency charged with the responsibility of having general supervision over the administration of election laws of the State of Illinois.

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