Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF VOTE BY MAIL?

Vote By Mail is a safe and convenient way to cast your ballot. It allows voters more time to read their ballot and decide how they want to vote. Voters can apply to join the Permanent Vote By Mail Registry to ensure their ballots will be sent directly to their address in all future Illinois elections.

IS VOTE BY MAIL SECURE?

Yes, Vote By Mail is a safe and secure way to cast your ballot this year. More than half of states offer no-excuse Vote By Mail, and there has been no evidence of widespread fraud or abuse of the system.

DO OTHER STATES USE VOTE BY MAIL?

Yes! A majority of states make Vote By Mail available to all registered voters.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE BY MAIL?

All Illinoisans who are registered to vote can Vote By Mail.

For voters outside Chicago: Click here to request and complete your mail-in ballot application.

For voters in Chicago: Click here to request and complete your mail-in ballot application.

Note: Your jurisdiction will either be your city or county, so double-check your voter registration here and the drop-down menu on the Board of Elections site.

WHAT IF IM NOT ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Click here to register to vote. You can choose to Vote By Mail when you register to have an application mailed to you.

HOW DO I FIND OUT IF I’M ALREADY REGISTERED TO VOTE?

Click here to check your voter registration status.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO VOTE BY MAIL?

Don’t wait until the last minute to turn in your Vote By Mail application! Turn in your application (either in-person at your local election authority OR via U.S. Mail) by October 25, 2022 to help make sure you don’t miss your chance to vote ahead of the final deadline.

The final deadline to return your Vote By Mail application is November 3, 2022 — applications must be received by your local election authority by close of business on November 3 to ensure your vote is counted.
The last day you can return your completed Vote By Mail ballot is November 8, 2022. If returning by mail, ballots must be postmarked no later than November 8.

IF I REQUEST A BALLOT, DOES THAT MEAN I HAVE TO VOTE BY MAIL?

No! You can sign up to receive a ballot and still choose to vote in person. You will have to bring the mail-in ballot you received with you to your polling place when you vote in person.  

IF I LOSE MY MAIL-IN BALLOT, CAN I STILL VOTE?

Yes! If you lose your mail-in ballot, you can still vote in person. You will have to complete an affidavit at your polling place stating your mail ballot was never received or that it was received and lost.