Vote By Mail Illinois Information

SB 1863 Passed

The expanded vote by mail bill passed the Illinois House and Senate, making voting safer for all of us. 

An application for ballots will be sent to every registered voter who voted in the 2018 election, 2019 election, or the 2020 Primary. IL was already a no excuse absentee ballot State, so this is not a huge change, as most of these voters would have received an application in the mail anyway. The important changes is that early voting has been expanded, there will be a statewide vote-by-mail public education program to both help navigate voter registration and getting a ballot. More importantly, Election Day will be a State holiday, allowing schools to be safely used as polling stations, and utilizing younger election judges (ages 16 and older). This has the added benefit of avoiding putting elderly workers at risk. There will also be curb-side voting as a safe alternative.

NCJW Chicago North Shore plans to work with our partners to develop remote tools that widely spread the word about how to register and get your ballot. Please contact NCJW CNS at if you would like to join us.

Voting by mail is an option for voters to cast their ballot prior to Election Day. Voters can request a vote by mail ballot through the mail or in person.

  • The first day to file an application for a vote by mail ballot with the Election Authority is 8/5/2020.
  • All requests by mail must be received by the Election Authority by 10/29/2020.
  • All in-person early voting requests must be made by 11/2/2020.
  • NOVMBER 3 is Election Day. If you vote in-person, you can register the same day that you vote.