Vote By Mail is a safe and secure way for voters to complete their ballots in the privacy of their own homes. To receive a ballot through the mail, registered voters must first complete and submit a Vote By Mail Application.
COVID-19 and the 2020 General Election
Due to COVID-19, all 2020 General Election voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. Voting by mail is an easy option for voters and you can request a Vote By Mail ballot through email, mail, or in person.
An application is available from your local election authority or at: elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx.
To register to vote or check your registration status, visit: ova.elections.il.gov.
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SUBMITTING A VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION
The Illinois Election Code determines when registered voters may request and/or submit Vote By Mail Applications. During that time period, voters have several options for receiving and submitting applications:
- Online: This is the easiest and fastest way to submit an application directly with the Will County Clerk’s Office. Click below to check your voter registration status first. If you are registered, you can then click on Vote By Mail Ballot Request.
- Online (Illinois State Board of Elections): Applications also are available online at elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx.
- Call Us at (815) 740-4615: The Will County Clerk’s Office will send you an application through the mail.
- Email Us at email@example.com.
- U.S. Mail: Send your request for an application to The Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet IL 60432. Return your completed application to the same address.
- Visit Our Office: Request an application in person at The Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet IL 60432. You can drop off your completed application in person as well.
- Campaigns/Political Parties: Candidates, their representatives, or political organizations may provide you with blank applications. These third parties also may offer to submit your completed application to the Will County Clerk’s Office.
IMPORTANT – The candidate or organization cannot complete an application on a voter’s behalf without the voter’s knowledge or participation.
IMPORTANT – A third party cannot request an application and fill it out on behalf of a registered voter.
Note: Registered voters must submit a Vote By Mail Application for each election as applications are only valid for that specific election. Vote By Mail Applications are available 90 days prior to Election Day.
Military and Overseas U.S. Citizens: Members of the Military and U.S. citizens who are temporarily residing outside of the United States may submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to receive a Vote By Mail Ballot. All Federal Post Card Applications remain active for one calendar year. You can find more about this process by visiting fvap.gov.
Permanently Disabled and Hospitalized Voters: Voters who are permanently disabled are eligible to enroll in the Permanently Disabled Vote By Mail Program and automatically receive a ballot for the next five years. Voters who have been admitted to a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center not more than 14 days before an election may complete an application that allows a trusted third party to pick up and deliver to them a Vote By Mail Ballot.
RECEIVING AND RETURNING YOUR BALLOT
- The Will County Clerk’s Office begins mailing Vote By Mail Ballots 40 days prior to Election Day.
- Ballots must be completed and returned to the Will County Clerk’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
- Ballots received at the Will County Clerk’s Office after Election Day must be postmarked by Election Day. These ballots will be tabulated at the Provisional Count on the second Tuesday after Election Day.