Tomorrow is the deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail primary ballot in Illinois

If you plan on voting by mail in this year’s Illinois primary, the deadline to apply is tomorrow, March 12 at 5 PM.

Applying for a mail-in ballot is easy. Registered voters in Chicago can apply online at chicagoelections.gov/en/vote-by-mail-application.html.

The ballot will be mailed to you. Voters have three different options for returning the completed ballot:

  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Delivery to the Election Board, either by the voter or an immediate relative
  • A state-licensed motor carrier, such as FedEx, UPS or DHL

If you do not receive the ballot before March 17, you can cancel your mail ballot at the polling place assigned to you. You will be able to cast an Election Day provisional ballot.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, March 17. Ballots postmarked Wednesday, March 18 or later cannot be counted under Illinois law.

Be aware that if a ballot envelope is placed in a mail drop box in the afternoon or evening of March 17, it may be postmarked March 18 and will not be eligible to be counted.

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