Absentee voting in Illinois, also called “mail-in voting” or “by-mail voting”, is casting your vote by mail-in ballot before the day of the Election. All states will mail a ballot to you if specific criteria are met, but some states have much stricter rules to meet these conditions. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. With uncertainties and unknowns around USPS delivery of your "mail-in" ballot during Covid-19, you may want to check for ballot drop-off boxes in your area as an alternative way to deliver your absentee ballot.
Voting by mail is an option for voters to cast their ballot prior to Election Day. Voters can request a vote by mail ballot through the mail or in person.
The first day to file an application for a vote by mail ballot with the Election Authority is 6/16/2020.
All requests by mail must be received by the Election Authority by 10/29/2020.
All in-person early voting requests must be made by 11/2/2020.
Early In-person Voting
Early voting in Illinois allows you to cast your vote in person before the day of the Election at specific polling locations that may differ from the Election Day locations. Voting early in person allows you to cast your vote while the number of people waiting to vote is much smaller than Election Day. Please follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Illinois voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Thursday, September 24, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Click here to find early voting/grace period registration locations.
Election Day In-person Voting
If you’re voting in person in Illinois on November 3rd, 2020 follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.