Who can vote by mail
Any voter who is properly registered to vote may apply for a vote by mail ballot
However, if you registered to vote by mail and are a first-time voter, you must vote in person the first time unless you submitted one of the following on or with your mail-in registration form:
- Driver’s license number
- State ID number
- Last 4 digits of your Social Security number
1. Get the vote by mail ballot
Download and print the vote by mail ballot application (the application will be available on Aug 10). You can also request a vote by mail ballot application in person or by mail from your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners. Some also have online applications.
2. Fill out the application
Step 1 · Fill out the form by providing the following information: your name, that you're eligible to vote in the election for which you’re requesting a vote by mail ballot, your home address, the length of time you have lived at the address, and the address where you want your ballot mailed
Step 2 · Sign and date the form
If your county provides online applications, a signature is not required
3. Send the application
Return your application to your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners.
Your application must be received by mail by Nov 3 or in person by Nov 7
- Once you receive your vote by mail ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
- Postmark your signed and completed ballot by Nov 8, so it's received by your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners by Nov 22. You may also turn your vote by mail ballot in to your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners before7 PM on Election Day, Nov 8.
The ballot must be placed into the certification envelope. The certification envelope must be completed, signed, and sealed
- Check the status of your ballot through your county on elections.il.gov
Attach a copy one of the following forms of ID:
- Current and valid photo ID
- Utility bill
- Bank statement