Any one registered to vote in Illinois can vote by mail.
- If you are registering to vote, you may have your registration form count as your application for an absentee ballot as well.
- You can register to vote online through October 18.
- Or you can print and mail in an application to your local election authority.
- Find out more about what you need to register and in-person voting options here.
How to Vote By Mail:
- If you have voted at your current address since 2018, you will automatically receive an application to vote by mail in August.
- You can request a mail in ballot through your election authority's website, or print and mail in the application form to your local election authority.
When to Request Your Ballot:
- Now. Request you ballot as soon as possible. The deadline to apply for a ballot online is October 29.
- Ballots will be mailed out starting September 24.
Tracking Your Ballot:
- Illinois does not have a universal system for ballot tracking. Check on your local election authority's website to see if they do.
If You Don't Recieve Your Ballot:
- Contact your election authority to inquire about the ballot.
- If you vote in person, you may be required to sign an affidavit stating you did not receive the mail-in ballot in order to vote a regular in-person ballot. Otherwise you may be required to fill out a provisional ballot (find out more about provisional ballots).
Returning Your Ballot:
- Return your ballot as soon as possible.
- You can return your ballot at your local election authority.
- You can return it at a designated drop box (locations will be announced September 24).
- If you mail your ballot it must be postmarked by November 3 (make sure it's in the mail before this day), and received by November 17.
- You do not need to have correct postage for your ballot to be accepted.
- You can also return your ballot with an election judge at your local polling location. But if choosing this option you may want to surrender your ballot and vote in-person so that your ballot does not get lost.
If You Requested a Ballot But Choose to Vote In Person:
- If you bring your ballot and surrender it at your polling location, you may cast a regular ballot.
- If you lose your ballot or don’t have your ballot you will need to vote a provisional ballot at your polling location.
- If you did not revieve the ballot you may have to sign an affidavit stating you did not receive the mail-in ballot in order to vote a regular in-person ballot. Otherwise you may be required to fill out a provisional ballot (find out more about provisional ballots).