Any one registered to vote in Illinois can vote by mail. 

Registration:

  • 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:

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:

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).

Find out more about registering and voting in Illinois

 

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