Vote by Mail Frequently Asked Questions
Voting by mail in Illinois has never been easier! Your vote has never been more important!Who can vote by mail (VBM)
EVERY registered voter can vote by mail this year! You don’t need to provide a reason.
How do I arrange to vote by mail (VBM)?
The first step for voting by mail is to complete an application to receive a ballot. Closer to the election, you will receive your ballot. Fill it out in the comfort of your own home.
When can I apply for a VBM ballot?
Good news! Registered voters can file that application online right now! Click here to go to a page to apply for a ballot.
What if I don’t request a VBM ballot?
On August 1, 2020, your County Clerk will mail a vote by mail application (request for VBM ballot) to every registered voter who voted in 2018, 2019, or the 2020 primary, or who registered after the 2020 primary. If you fall into one (or more) of those groups, you can wait to receive the application, fill it in, and return it by fax, email, or U.S. Mail.
What is the deadline for requesting a VBM ballot?
You can submit the application any time up until October 29, 2020. Obviously, the earlier you request your ballot, the more time you’ll have to make sure everything is in order.
When will I receive my VBM ballot?
Starting on September 24, 2020, VBM ballots will be mailed to those who submitted applications.If you request your ballot after October 1, 2020, your County Clerk must mail it to you within two business days of receiving the application.
What if I get a VBM ballot and then decide I want to vote in person?
If you decide to vote in person, just bring your VBM ballot and envelope to your polling place once in-person voting begins. You'll return them to an election judge, and request a regular ballot to vote then and there. Easy! But having that VBM ballot in hand before the polls are open for in-person voting ensures that if you’d rather not leave home, you can still vote.
If I do decide I want to send in my VBM ballot, what’s the deadline?
Vote by mail ballots must be returned or postmarked no later than Election Day, November 3, 2020. County Clerks also plan to place secure ballot drop boxes at locations, but these haven't been announced yet.
What if there's a problem with my VBM ballot when the County Clerk receives it?
The County Clerk must notify you of any problems with your ballot within 48 hours of receiving it. What if I still have questions about VBM? Click here to contact us.
(Thanks to the Tenth Dems for supplying this FAQs)