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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Illinois

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Illinois.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote By Mail Deadlines

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Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
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Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Early Voting

Early voting dates and hours vary by county. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.

Early voting locations can be found here. You may register to vote in person at early voting locations. Dates and hours vary by county.

How Vote By Mail Works in Illinois

Voting by mail is a two step process in Illinois. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Oct. 29th.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Return in person to your local elections office or county designated drop box on or before Nov. 3rd.
  • Stamp and return your ballot by mail - ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd and received by 14 days after Election Day to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on Nov. 3rd. We recommend returning ASAP.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, sign the certification envelope. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local election office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You have until 14 days after Election Day to cure your ballot. You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick up so that you don't miss your chance to make sure your vote counts.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Illinois

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Illinois First Time Voter Info