Are you unable to make it to the Chicago polls on March 20 for the Primary Election? If you are a registered voter, you are eligible to participate in absentee voting, a process in which the voter most commonly casts his/her ballot by mail. Under a new Illinois law, you no longer need a reason or an excuse to receive an absentee ballot.
In order to qualify for absentee voting, you must submit a completed application for an absentee ballot by the March 15 deadline. The Election Board strongly recommends that absentee voters submit their applications two weeks before the deadline. Forms from civilians in the United States cannot be accepted by fax or e-mail.
Absentee Voting by Mail:
1. Obtain and complete an absentee ballot application and return to the Election Board at 69 W. Washington St., Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60602. Applications can be obtained online, at the Board offices, or by phone (312-269-7967).
Upon receipt of the completed application form, the Board mails an absentee ballot to the voter.
2. Vote via the absentee ballot and mail it back to the Board for processing. In order to be counted, a voted absentee ballot must be postmarked by March 19 (at least one day before Election Day), and the Board must receive the ballot by April 3.
Once an absentee ballot has been returned, it cannot be withdrawn or amended.
Click here for more information on absentee voting for members of the armed forces, civilians living overseas, persons with disabilities, residents of licensed nursing homes, and hospitalized voters.