Vote By Mail

Voting by mail is also called absentee voting. This allows a registered voter to mail in their ballot instead of voting in-person on Election Day.

You do not have to give a reason to vote by mail – anyone can do it. 

How To Vote By Mail

You have to apply for an absentee ballot by completing an application and mailing it to your county clerk or completing an application online. The application can be found by visiting the website for your county clerk’s office.

Visit your county website to complete an online application or print a paper application so you can vote by mail.

Cook County
Lake County
DuPage County
Will County


  • Tuesday, June 16 – First day to request/receive an application for a ballot through the mail.
  • Thursday, September 24 – First day election authority can mail an official ballot to a registered voter
  • Thursday, October 29 – Last day ballots may be mailed out is 5 days prior to the election. This is also the last day that an election authority may receive an application by mail from anyone who has requested a ballot by mail.