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Apply to Vote by Mail

Apply to Vote by Mail

Due to COVID-19, Illinois’ Vote by Mail (VBM) program will be widely expanded for the upcoming November 3 general election. Vote by mail can help ensure that every Illinoisan can safely cast a ballot without endangering their health.

If you are not yet registered to vote, you can register to vote online.

If you prefer to vote by mail this election year, request your mail-in ballot now! Ballots will be mailed from September 24 to October 5. You can apply for a mail-in ballot online or with a paper application. The earlier you request your ballot, the earlier your ballot will be mailed to you. No reason or excuse is needed to request a mail-in ballot.

If you do not wish to mail in your completed ballot, you may deposit it in any Secured Drop Box, available at any Chicago Early Voting site starting in mid-October. 

The Election Board sent Vote by Mail applications and postage-paid return envelopes in late July to all voters who have voted in any election since November 2018 and to any voters who have registered for the first time or updated their registrations since March 18, 2020.

Once you have applied online for your vote by mail ballot, you will get an email notification:

  • When your online application has been received and processed
  • When your ballot is mailed to you, with a unique USPS tracking number
  • When your ballot return envelope is received by by the Board of Elections
  • When your ballot return envelope has been approved for counting
  • IF there is a question or problem with your ballot return envelope

Call 312-269-7967 on or before Thursday, October 29 to alert the Chicago Board of Elections if you have not received your Vote By Mail ballot. For more information on the Chicago Vote by Mail program, please visit the Chicago Board of Elections website.

If you did not receive the mail-in ballot application and can not register online, need help registering to vote, or need to confirm your voting registration, you can call 312-269-7900, or contact our office at 773-878-4646 for help.