Save time Apply Online to Vote by Mail. If you endured massive lines when voting early or on election day during the last election – Vote by Mail! The deadline to have a Vote By Mail application submitted online or at the offices of the Board of Elections is 5 pm on March 12 for the March 17, 2020 Election. Ballots are being mailed out mid- to late-February 2020. How to register to vote in Chicago
March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election
November 3, 2020 Presidential Election
Voting by mail
COTC tip: Many people think that vote by mail ballots are only counted if the election is close. That is NOT TRUE. I always vote by mail and I work on election day at my precinct and my vote is always counted before election day.
COTC tip 2: I would recommend that when you receive your vote by mail ballot that you return it as soon as possible. That way if there is any issue you have time to correct it. I would not turn it in on election day because Illinois does not have any remedy to correct a voting error after election day.
COTC tip 3: If you get a Vote by Mail ballot and decide not to Vote by Mail or make a mistake YOU MUST bring the “spoiled” ballot with you to Early Voting or on Election Day and you can exchange it for a new ballot. Don’t throw it away.
When you apply online, the Board of Election Commissioners will:
- Send you an email to confirm that your online application has been received;
- Send you an email to notify you when your ballot is being mailed; and,
- Send you an email to let you know when the Board has received your ballot.
Then when you get your ballot fill it out and mail it back. It comes with a postage paid envelope.
For the April 2, 2019 Election I applied for my ballot on March 15, received it on March 22 and mailed it back on March 25. I received email notification that my ballot was accepted March 29.
Who to vote for
There are a number of voting guides available. Google “March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election Chicago” and pick a guide that matches your political affiliation.
Any registered voter may Vote By Mail. Voters do not need a reason or excuse to Vote by Mail.
Apply to Vote By Mail
The Board anticipates that ballots will be available to be mailed in mid- to late-February 2020.
Vote and Return Your Ballot: Be Sure to read the instructions before you get your ballot
The ballot may be returned:
– through the U.S. Postal Service OR
– by personal delivery to the Election Board, either by the voter or an immediate relative OR
– through a state-licensed motor carrier, such as FedEx, UPS or DHL.
Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn. The same voter cannot vote in person in the polling place on Election Day unless he or she brings the mail ballot (or a portion of it) to the election judges OR completes an affidavit stating the mail ballot was never received by the voter or that it was received and lost.
Note: Any mail ballot that is postmarked Wed., March 18 or later cannot be counted, by law. If a ballot envelope is placed in a mail drop box March 17 in the afternoon or evening, that envelope may be postmarked March 18 and will not be eligible to be counted.
If you could not apply for a mail ballot by the March 12 deadline, OR if you applied and did not receive your mail ballot, or if you lose the ballot, or if you cannot return the ballot with a postmark of March 17 or earlier:
– Call 312-269-7967 on or before Thurs., March 12 to alert us that you have not received your ballot; OR