Illinois absentee ballot guide
Last updated: June 25, 2020
- In Illinois, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.
For the November 3, 2020 election, everyone who has voted at least once since 2018 will receive an absentee application in the mail. These applications will come with a pre-paid return envelope.
Absentee ballot deadlines
- In-person: 1 day before Election Day
- By-mail: Received 5 days before Election Day
- Online: 5 days before Election Day
- Voted absentee ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day
Who can vote by absentee ballot in Illinois
Any registered Illinois voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
Apply by-mail or in-person
- Download and fill out the Illinois absentee ballot application.
- Sign and date your form.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 5 days before Election Day.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 1 day before Election Day.
Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.
Once your ballot arrives
- Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
- Your voted absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.
Confused? Need help?
Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Illinois.