Early and Absentee Voting
All counties in Illinois offer the opportunity to vote early. Bring a picture ID with you.
You do not need to fill out a special application or have a reason to vote early. Check with your local county government or election authority for times and places, or visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website.
Work in Downtown Chicago?
Cook County allows voters to vote at any of the early voting locations throughout Cook County. This allows people to vote during lunchtime near their place of work. Downtown workers can vote at 69 W. Washington. The City of Chicago also has an early voting location there.
Registered voters expecting to be absent from their county of residence on election day can apply for an application to vote by absentee ballot if they meet any of the following criteria:
Absentee voters are encouraged to contact their election authority early for specific details if they plan to be out of the country. Some voters, primarily those who are temporarily out of the country, may make application for an absentee ballot not less than 10 days prior to the election. Members of the armed forces while on active duty may apply for an absentee ballot by fax machine.
The following steps must be completed to receive an absentee ballot: