Answers to your Vote-By-Mail questions!
Updated: Oct 27, 2020
Voting by mail is not a new option in Illinois, but will be utilized by many, many more voters this year than ever before. There is still time to request a vote-by-mail ballot (Visit this link if you live in the City of Rockford or this link if you live outside Rockford city limits but still within Winnebago County). Use this link to track your ballot once it has been requested.
If you've already requested a Vote By Mail ballot, here are some common questions and answers to help make sure your vote gets counted!
Q. I applied for a vote-by-mail ballot. Can I vote in person instead?
A. YES! Bring your vote-by-mail ballot to the early voting location or your polling place on Election Day. Give the vote-by-mail ballot to the election judges. You will be given a new ballot.
Q. I received a vote-by-mail ballot but I lost it. Can I vote in person instead?
A. YES! Go to an early voting location or your polling place on Election Day. Tell the election judges you lost your vote-by-mail ballot. The judges will give you a provisional ballot. As long as your vote-by-mail ballot is not received, the provisional ballot will be counted after Election Day.
Q. I requested a vote-by-mail ballot, but I didn't get it. Can I vote in person instead?
A. YES! Go to an early voting location or your polling place on Election Day. Tell the election judges you did not receive a ballot in the mail. The election judges should ask you to sign an affidavit stating you didnt receive the ballot, and then give you a new ballot. IMPORTANT: If your election authority refuses to give you a new ballot, please call the Democratic Party of Illinois Voter Protection hotline at 224-990-2200.
Q. What if I show up at an early voting location or polling place on Election Day and forget to bring my vote-by-mail ballot?
A. You can still vote! If you do not bring your ballot with you, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot. As long as your vote-by-mail ballot is not received, the provisional ballot will be counted after Election Day.
Q. I received and completed my vote-by-mail ballot. How do I return it?
A. You can:
- Drop it in the mail.
- Take it in person to your election authority (Rockford Board of Elections, 301 S 6th Street, for City of Rockford residents; Winnebago County Clerk, 404 Elm St., for Winnebago County residents outside the City of Rockford)
- Drop it in a secure, authorized dropbox. (located outside each of the election authorities listed in the last point)
Q. I returned my vote-by-mail ballot and a received a notice from my election authority that there's a problem with my ballot. What should I do?
A. You may need to provide additional information in order for your ballot to be counted. Follow the instructions on the notice, contact your election authority, or call the Democratic Party of Illinois Voter Protection Hotline at 221-990-2200.
Find more information about your Early Voting options HERE!