Vote By Mail (VBM)
UPDATE: (90) days prior to election. Paper applications will be automatically mailed to anyone who voted in the last three elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. — NOTE: even if you automatically receive an application, you still need to fill out and return that application or use another option listed below to apply for VBM.
STEP 1: Request Your Vote By Mail Application
*8/5 – First Day to Apply to VBM
Illinois State Board of Elections: elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx
ANY qualified voter in Illinois may Vote By Mail.
STEP 2: Fill Out & Return Your VBM Ballot
Fill out the VBM Ballot (make sure to flip it over and vote for all races and questions). Once filled out, seal the ballot in the return envelope and sign the back of the envelope.
Vote By Mail Dates
8/5 – Request (i.e. Apply for) Your VBM Ballot (last day to apply, 10/29)
WARNING: Only fill out a Vote By Mail Application if you are going to vote via your VBM Ballot (if you fill out the application to Vote By Mail and you show up for early voting or voting on election day, you will be given a provisional ballot, unless you bring your VBM Ballot and Return Envelope with you, it’s best to avoid this situation).