The DuPage County Clerk’s office is sending Vote by Mail applications to all voters this week for the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election, in compliance with recent emergency legislation to provide a safe choice of voting during COVID-19.
Voters selecting Vote by Mail are requested to securely apply online or to complete the mailed application with their signature and phone number, then drop it the mail as soon as possible. No postage required.
Video Instructions for Applying for Vote by Mail:
DuPage County Clerk Election Division Online Application:
The Illinois General Assembly passed SB 1863 in May to expand Vote by Mail as a voting method during the ongoing pandemic. In June, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the bill into law to ensure safe and active participation in the 2020 General Election.
The DuPage County Clerk’s office is going beyond the SB1863 mandate to send applications to all electors who have participated in any election since the 2018 general election, by instead providing applications to all 616,337 voters in the County. Although not required, the Clerk’s office will also pay for the postage of all returning applications and ballots.
The DuPage County Clerk’s office is using funds made available this year through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) for the mailing of applications and ballots.
To date, 26,000 voters have already applied for Vote by Mail ballots in DuPage County for the Nov. 3, 2020 election; roughly 55,000 total voters chose Vote by Mail for the 2018 General Election. Voters who applied prior to July 4th will not be receiving an additional mailed application.
Ballots will not begin to be mailed out until Sept. 24, 2020. It may take four to five business days to receive a ballot after that date.
Voters will continue to have the option of casting ballots during Early Voting or at Election Day polling places.
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 https://elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx. To register to vote or check your registration status, visit https://ova.elections.il.gov.