How to Vote in Illinois – NBC Chicago

There are three ways to vote in the Illinois primary elections, scheduled for June 28.

1: You can request an absentee ballot and return it either by mailing it through the US Postal Service or by hand-delivering it to your local election authority at an approved drop-off location.

2: You can vote early in person at an early voting location in your jurisdiction, open until Election Day on June 28.

3: On election day, you can vote in person at the specific polling station in your constituency or, if your local electoral authority allows it, at another polling station in your jurisdiction which will be open on June 28.

Here’s what you need to know about each of the three options:

How to Vote by Mail in Illinois

Anyone registered to vote in Illinois can vote by mail, no apology necessary.

Voters have until June 23 to apply for a mail-in ballot, although election officials advise applying as early as possible to allow plenty of time for the ballot to arrive and be returned. To be counted, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked before Election Day and arrive within 14 days.

You can find more information about voting by mail on the Illinois State Board of Elections website here or through your local election authority, where you can find an application to request an absentee ballot. .

If you requested to vote by mail and wish to deliver your ballot in person, without going through the US Postal Service, you can do so in person at your election authority office or at designated drop boxes.

How to Vote Early in the Chicago Area

If you want to avoid the rush and vote in person before Election Day, you have plenty of options. Here is the full list of early voting sites and their hours across Chicago, suburban Cook County and 10 of the region’s suburban counties:

All residents of one of the listed counties can vote at any of their county’s early voting locations, with two exceptions: some locations in Will County only serve residents of specific areas (as noted), and Chicago voters can only vote in early city voting. locations – not in suburban Cook County. Otherwise, you can choose the early voting location in your jurisdiction that suits you best.

How to vote on election day

If you prefer to vote on Election Day, in most counties in Illinois, you have only one option: your designated polling place. If you don’t know where it is, you can find it by entering your address here on the State Board of Elections website.

If you’re a resident of Chicago, suburban Cook County, or DuPage County, you have a few more options on Election Day.

In Chicago, all early voting sites will remain open on Election Day for all voters in the city, as will two sites open to residents of suburban Cook County: 69 W. Washington St. and the Founders’ Hall of Union Station at 225 S. Canal. St.

And for the first time this year, DuPage County announced it was the first county in Illinois to allow voters to vote at any of its 263 polling places on Election Day.

When are polling stations open on election day?

Polls open at 6 a.m. statewide and will remain open until 7 p.m. But remember – if you are ONLINE when the polls close, you can still vote! So if you rush to your polling station at the last minute, don’t worry if you see a line – and don’t let anyone try to talk you out of voting.

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