Illinois

Can You Vote Absentee?

In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen.
  • at least 18 years old.
  • be absent from your voting residence.

The absentee voting process applies to you if you are:

  • an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine;
  • an eligible spouse or family member of an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine; or
  • a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.

Federal Election Deadlines

Registration Ballot Request Ballot Return
Presidential Primary March 15, 2016
Not Required
Overseas Citizens Signed by February 15, 2016
Uniformed Services and eligible family members Signed by March 5, 2016
Signed by* March 15, 2016
State Primary March 15, 2016
Not Required
Overseas Citizens Signed by February 15, 2016
Uniformed Services and eligible family members Signed by March 5, 2016
Signed by* March 15, 2016
General Election
November 8, 2016
Not Required
Overseas Citizens Signed by October 8, 2016
Uniformed Services and eligible family members Signed by October 29, 2016
Signed by* November 8, 2016

*Ballot Return: Ballots must be received by the 14th day after the election.

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Register to Vote, Request a Ballot, or Update My Voter Info

You must register and request an absentee ballot in your State of legal residence by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and submit it to your local election office.

Download fillable FPCA

Using an iOS device? You may need to download a third-party tool to fill out your FPCA.

Get My Ballot

If you have registered and requested an absentee ballot by the request deadline, you may use the Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB).

Download fillable FWAB

Using an iOS device? You may need to download a third-party tool to fill out your FWAB.

Check the Status of My Voted Ballot

After sending in your voted absentee ballot, you are entitled to find out its status.