Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
The 2020 Election unfolded smoothly in Winnebago County, despite the pandemic and unsubstantiated claims of fraud. "The large increase in advance voting -24,000 applications for Vote by Mail ballots (compared to typically less than 1,000 requests), and the nearly 17,000 people who voted early - helped take pressure off polling locations on Election Day," said Winnebago County Clerk Lori Gummow. "There were no reported incidents of disruption or voter intimidation."
"The November 3rd, 2020 General Election was one of the smoothest presidential elections our staff has seen, and that is significant in light of all the challenges we faced this year," Gummow said.
"In the spring, we faced a lot of changes, and the State implemented new election laws during the summer, in an effort to keep voters safe from the coronavirus," added Gummow. Temporary staff was hired, PPE was purchased and new safety procedures were put into place in the Election Department.
Gummow credits the hardworking staff, the dedicated election judges and faithful volunteers for the achievement. "To their credit, the postal service efficiently delivered thousands of ballots before November 3rd and dropped off ballots multiple times on Election Day. Postal officials have stayed in touch as ballots postmarked on or before November 3rd are delivered," said Gummow.
Election results will be updated after certification on November 17th at winnebagocountyclerk.com
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