The News-Gazette recently went behind the scenes in the Champaign County Clerk's office to give community members a look into what happens once their vote by mail ballots arrive. It's worth a few minutes of your time, to get an idea of how your votes are safeguarded along the way. You can check out the video here.

It's important to watch all the way to the end. In the last few minutes, County Clerk Aaron Ammons points out a wall full of returned vote by mail applications, where members of our community have written offensive, aggressive, and obscene message to Ammons and his staff. All because they received a piece of mail. 

We are living in a scary time, folks. 

If you have not returned your vote by mail ballot, please do so as soon as possible. With the election just a week away, putting in one of the secure drop boxes or bringing it with you to vote early in person are your best bets. You can find more information here.

Photo from Champaign County Clerk's Facebook page.