NOTE: When marking your ballot, use a black or blue ballpoint pen or a felt-tip pen.
Do NOT use a red pen
, because red ink cannot be read by the scanner.
Follow all instructions that come with your ballot and make sure to vote in secret. A mail ballot must be postmarked (or in the absence of a postmark or Postal Service intelligent mail bar code data, certified by the voter) on or before Election Day March 17 in order to be counted. In addition, the Board must receive the ballot by March 31, 2020 for the ballot to be counted.
The ballot may be returned:
- through the U.S. Postal Service OR
- by personal delivery to the Election Board, either by the voter or an immediate relative OR
- through a state-licensed motor carrier, such as FedEx, UPS or DHL.
Once a mail ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn. The same voter cannot vote in person in the polling place on Election Day unless he or she brings the mail ballot (or a portion of it) to the election judges OR completes an affidavit stating the mail ballot was never received by the voter or that it was received and lost.
Note: Any mail ballot that is postmarked Wed., March 18 or later cannot
be counted, by law. If a ballot envelope is placed in a mail drop box March 17 in the afternoon or evening, that envelope may be postmarked March 18 and will not be eligible to be counted.
If you could not apply for a mail ballot by the March 12 deadline, OR if you applied and did not receive your mail ballot, or if you lose the ballot, or if you cannot return the ballot with a postmark of March 17 or earlier:
- Call 312-269-7967 on or before Thurs., March 12 to alert us that you have not received your ballot; OR
Use Early Voting through Mon., March 16; OR