Vote By Mail
Updated: Nov 25, 2020
Any Chicago voter may apply online now to Vote By Mail or apply with a Mail-in application form ahead of the Nov. 3, 2020 Election. No reason or excuse is needed to Vote By Mail. Chicago voters who apply online between now and Sept. 24 will be among the first to receive ballots. Ballot mailings will begin Sept. 24-Oct. 5.
Chicago voters who apply online to Vote By Mail will receive emails:
- In the days that follow their online application, to confirm that the online application has been received and processed;
- When the ballot is being mailed to the voter -- with a unique link to a system to track the ballot through the US Postal Service;
- When the Vote By Mail "Ballot Return Envelope" is received by the Election Board; and,
- When the Vote By Mail "Ballot Return Envelope" has been approved for counting -- or if there is a question or problem with your Ballot Return Envelope.
If you are unable to apply online, the Election Board also will be sending Vote By Mail applications and postage-paid return envelopes in late July to all voters who have voted in any election(s) since Nov. 2018 and to any voters who have registered for the first time or updated their registrations since March 18, 2020.
To learn how you will vote by mail, you can go to chicagoelections.gov.