How to claim your vote in Illinois

How to claim your vote in Illinois

Illinois voters have an unprecedented opportunity to compete at the ballot box in the November 2022 elections.

Between Aug. 10 and Sept. 29, every registered voter in Illinois will receive a critically important piece of mail from their county clerk: an application to receive election ballots in their home for all future elections.

Illinois Policy strongly recommends that voters register for permanent vote by mail status by completing this application and returning it to their county clerk. 

Here are four reasons why claiming your vote through this process is so important:

  1. Election security: By claiming your vote, you block anyone else from voting in your name. Once registered, your ballot will come to your mailing address. All ballots received by the county clerk must be approved by a bipartisan panel that matches your signature and information with those on file. 
  2. Convenience: Requesting a mail-in ballot does not take away your right to vote in-person. Vote-by-mail ballots can be returned in-person at early voting and Election Day polling places if you decide to vote in person.
  3. Certainty: Permanent vote-by-mail status assures that your vote is counted if you become sick or are forced to miss Election Day voting for unforeseen circumstances. You will receive a ballot for all future elections, so you never miss a vote.
  4. Vote smart: Nobody like wasting their vote. Registering to vote by mail means you can study all candidates, judges and ballot questions from the comfort of your home. 

If you still have questions or concerns, take a look at our myths and facts guide to voting by mail in Illinois. Illinois Policy recommends you return the application sent by your county clerk beginning Aug. 10, 2022.  

To find your clerk’s website, including online registration and printable applications, click this link and select your local election authority.

You can also access your county clerk’s mail ballot application directly below for those counties offering online registration: