Illinois

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Yes, Illinois will automatically mail an application to every registered voter who participated in at least one of the last three statewide elections. This includes people who voted in person and by mail. Make sure to look for your application, complete it, and send it back as soon as it arrives.
If you haven't voted in a while, you will need to apply to vote-by-mail. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://ova.elections.il.gov/Status.aspx




Are there any other restrictions or requirements to apply?


If you've voted in Illinois before or provided ID at the time of registration, you don't need to provide ID to vote by mail. If you are voting by mail ballot for the first time and have not previously provided ID, you must provide a copy of one of the following documents with your absentee ballot:

  • Current and valid photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document with the voter's name and address
  • Student ID with a copy of your lease or postmarked mail at current residence




Application form link:


An application will automatically be mailed to all registered voters who participated (by mail or in person) in at least one of the last three statewide elections. But you don't have to wait. You may apply now. https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/VotingByMailAgreement.aspx




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received in person 1 day before Election Day (November 2, 2020) or by mail 5 days before (October 29, 2020). To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register via mail by October 6, 2020 and online by October 18, 2020.




***Shenanigan Alerts***


Things to look out for: An Illinois law includes a cure provision allowing voters to correct an issue with their absentee ballot. When an election judge rejects an absentee ballot because of a signature discrepancy or for some other reason (e.g., an improperly sealed return envelope), election officials are required to notify the voter by mail within two days of the rejection. The voter has until 14 days after the day of the election to contact local election authorities and resolve the issue.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx?MID=cQHxtxVEmuo%3d&T=637329748717481854




Where should I send my completed application?


Depending on the options provided by your county, you may:

  • submit your application online
  • mail it to your county clerk's office
  • fax it to your county clerk's office
  • email it to your county clerk's office
https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked no later than midnight the night before election and received no later than 14 days after the election. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx?MID=cQHxtxVEmuo%3d&T=637329748717481854




Does it require a stamp? Two?


None. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


You may drop your voted ballot at a polling site. There will also be drop boxes. Locations have not yet been announced. Feel free to call your local election office for more information. https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx?MID=cQHxtxVEmuo%3d&T=637329748717481854




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


Some County websites provide ballot tracking. Otherwise, you will have to call and ask. https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx?MID=cQHxtxVEmuo%3d&T=637329748717481854




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx?MID=cQHxtxVEmuo%3d&T=637329748717481854





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


September 24 - November 2, 2020




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx?MID=cQHxtxVEmuo%3d&T=637329748717481854





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