Early & Absentee Voting
What is Early Voting?Early Voting allows all registered voters to cast their ballot prior to Election Day by voting at pre-designated sites named by the County Clerk. Early Voting is aimed at making voting more convenient and accessible to all citizens. Early voters must be registered voters with a valid picture ID showing their current voter registration address. No excuse or reason is necessary to take advantage of Early Voting. Early voters will cast their votes on computerized touch-screen voting machines.
What is Absentee Voting?Absentee voting may be done by individuals who are unable to make it to their polling place on the day of election, yet still wish to exercise their right to vote. Absentee voting may be done in 2 different ways. You may request a mailed absentee ballot. Or you may come into the County Clerk's Office and vote absentee in-person. Absentee voting takes place in a larger time frame than early voting. Due to recent changes in Illinois law, an excuse or reason is no longer needed.
Request an Absentee Ballot
Recent changes in Illinois law make it easier than ever to vote by absentee ballot. You no longer need a reason or excuse to vote absentee. You must complete the proper absentee ballot request form and return it to the County Clerk’s office. Once your application is received and your voter registration status verified, you will be mailed a ballot to the address indicated on the application (your permanent address or another address). You must mark your ballot in secret and return the ballot by mail. The returned ballot must be postmarked prior to Election Day and received no later than the 14th day after the election.Click for an Absentee Ballot Application
Military and Overseas VotersThanks to the new Federal MOVE Act, it is now easier than ever for military families and overseas citizens to vote. Click here to access the Federal Voting Assistance Program site, where you can complete, print and sign a downloadable registration and absentee ballot request form.