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Vote by Mail

In Illinois, anyone can vote by mail! This is an especially great option if you're not living at home right now. And with the uncertainty because of COVID-19, voting by mail is even  more important than ever.

It's super easy to vote by mail! You just request your ballot - find out more county-specific information below - and your election office will mail it to you starting September 24th. Once you receive it, you fill out your ballot just as you would if you voted in person (except you can do it in your pajamas!) and send it back to your election office. 
To send it back, you have two options. You can put it back in the mail - most counties already pay for your postage. Your ballot just needs to be postmarked by Election Day and can arrive up to two weeks later, but still  make sure to mail it back as soon as possible because it could take a few weeks to arrive. You can also put your ballot in a designated drop box in your county where it will be picked up by your election office. Read more about this option below!

Sign up to get your mail-in ballot here:

All you need is the last four digits of your SSN or your driver's license number.

If you requested your mail-in ballot but would now prefer to vote in person,
you can do that! 
  • Just bring your mail-in ballot with you! You’ll surrender it to the poll workers and then vote regularly. 
  • If you don’t have your ballot, you’ll sign an affidavit saying that you’re only voting once and then you’ll cast a provisional ballot (these are counted separately).

More information by county:

Find your county's application, ballot tracking information, and more on your county clerk's website.

Don't see your county listed? Let us know here, and we'll get it updated for you as soon as possible.


Mail ballot drop boxes

If you don't want to send your ballot back in the mail, you can return it at a designated drop box in your county. These drop boxes are in secure locations - they generally havesecurity cameras, and most are emptied out and collected each night. Find out more about your county's drop boxes and their locations below. Many counties are still working out the details for drop boxes, so we'll update this page frequently with more information.

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