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Voter Services

This guide offers students help registering to vote, finding ballots, and voting absentee.

COVID-19 Changes

The Illinois General Assembly passed legislation for the 2020 general election to help mitigate problems arising from the pandemic. Election authorities are to send vote-by-mail applications for the Nov. 3 election to the 5 million voters who participated in the 2018 general election, the 2019 municipal elections or the March 2020 primary.  The law also changes the standard to reject a ballot cast by mail. Instead of a single election judge verifying the signatures of voters and the validity of the ballot, a bipartisan panel of three election judges will make that call.

If you are concerned about your current signature no longer matching your registration signature, you can fill out a signature update form.  Fill in all blanks, print, sign and mail it in (69 West Washington Street, Suites 600, Chi, IL 60602) OR email to registration@chicagoelections.gov

The Chicago Board of Elections will have secure drop boxes at all 50 early voting sites in addition to the super-site for voters to drop off their mail in ballots.  A worker will time-stamp the envelope and make sure that the voter has signed the outside of the envelope.  If a voter chooses to use the USPS they recommend mailing the ballot as soon as possible.

Absentee / Mail in Ballots

Mail-In Voting

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