(Image From State Senator Sue Rezin's Office)

New legislation encourages the continued use of ballot drop-off boxes in Illinois.

The bill allows local election authorities to offer curbside voting and to make drop-off ballot boxes permanent. Supporters say this provides a safe way for voters to cast a ballot and should be extended.

At a weekend hearing, Chicago State Senator Bill Cunningham answered a few questions about ensuring election integrity.

38th District State Senator Sue Rezin expressed a few concerns about the extension idea.

Supporters say ballots will have to be dropped off by the time the polls close and that it's up to election authorities to keep the box secure. The measure was presented to the Senate Executive Committee Sunday.

It was introduced this week for intended action during the last days of the 101st General Assembly, so it can be implemented by the spring municipal election.