How to vote by mail in Illinois

How to vote by mail in Illinois

VOTING BY MAIL IS SIMPLE AND SECURE

Illinois citizens who care about their communities and want to root out corruption can make their voices heard by voting by mail for the June 28 primary election.

WHY VOTE BY MAIL?

Voting by mail gives you peace of mind that your plan to vote won’t be derailed by Election Day weather, illness or scheduling conflicts. If you vote by mail, you make sure your voice is heard, regardless of what comes up on Election Day.

IS IT SAFE TO VOTE BY MAIL?

Yes.

Voting by mail is secure and simple. And it’s backed by Illinoisans of all major political parties. There is a long history of voting by mail in the U.S. Members of the U.S. military have used absentee voting since the American Revolution, and many Union soldiers voted by mail during the Civil War.

Under Illinois law, any registered Illinois voter can choose to vote by mail.

HOW DO I VOTE BY MAIL?

1. Request a vote-by-mail application and return it to your local election authority. Applications to vote by mail are currently being accepted.

There are three ways you can request a vote-by-mail application and return it to your local election authority.

(1) Complete an application to vote by mail online if your local election authority provides for online applications. Online forms can be completed through June 23.

  • You can use the Illinois State Board of Elections website to get to your local election authority’s site.
  • Choose your local election jurisdiction from the menu under “select a jurisdiction” (certain cities that administer elections are listed after all the counties are listed).
  • This will take you to your local election authority’s site, where you can see whether you can apply online. If your local election authority has an online process, follow the directions there.

OR

(2) Request a vote-by-mail application from your local election authority, or print it out from the local election authority’s website. Return the application by mail. Applications sent by mail must be received by June 23.

  • You can find your local election authority at the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
  • Follow the directions on your local election authority’s site to obtain an application and send it in by mail.

OR

(3) Deliver your vote-by-mail application in person to your local election authority by June 23.

2. Fill out and return your vote-by-mail ballot

(1) Fill out your ballot and sign the affidavit on the ballot envelope.
(2) Send your ballot in to your local election authority. You may do this:

  • By mail:
    • Your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, June 28, to be counted in this primary election.
  • Drop box (if your election authority maintains a ballot drop box):
    • The Illinois State Board of Elections has a link where you can locate your local election authority to see whether they maintain ballot collection boxes near you.
    • If you prefer to put your mail-in ballot in a drop box, you must do so by the close of polls, 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 28.
  • In person:
    • You may return your vote-by-mail ballot in person at your local election authority by the close of polls, 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 28.

WHAT IS PERMANENT VOTE BY MAIL?

Recent legislation gives Illinoisans the ability to pick permanent vote by mail, which lets you choose to receive mail-in ballots for all future primary and general elections without having to apply each time.

Here is what the permanent vote-by-mail option looks like on the application form. To opt for permanent vote by mail, a voter can mark the box pictured below:

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Applications for vote-by-mail ballots are currently being accepted. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by July 12. Ballots placed in drop boxes maintained by local election authorities must be deposited by the close of polls on Election Day, 7 p.m., June 28. Ballots returned in person to election authorities must be delivered by the close of polls on Election Day, 7 p.m., June 28.

Thursday, May 19 – First day of mailing or delivery of vote-by-mail ballot.
Thursday, June 23 – Last day for vote-by-mail requests to be completed online or received by the election authority if mailed, emailed or delivered in person.
Monday, June 27 – Last day to turn in a vote-by-mail request in person.
Tuesday, June 28 – Election Day (6 a.m. – 7 p.m.).
Thursday, June 23 – Last day for vote-by-mail requests to be completed online or received by the election authority if mailed, emailed or delivered in person.