Absentee Voting

You may qualify to submit a paperless online request for an absentee ballot by clicking on: 

Click Here for "by mail" ballot:

By-mail Absentee Ballot Application Form for Registered Voters and Guidelines

Under the current Absentee Voting Laws in Illinois the voter no longer has to state a reason or excuse to request an absentee ballot. 

Due to the passing of Public Act 096-1008, a blank generic absentee application form is now available from the County Clerk’s website.  You can print the form by clicking on the link above.  If you prefer you can still call the Clerk’s Office at (217) 824-4969 and request they mail you or your family member a preprinted application form.  This preprinted form will have most of the information already filled in and the voter will simply need to sign and date it and return it to the Clerk’s Office.  In person absentee voting is done at the County Clerk’s Office.  Both in person and by mail absentee ballots are cast at the Clerk’s Office and are tabulated on Election Day after the close of polls by a team of Election Judges.


(10 ILCS 5/19-1) (from Ch. 46, par. 19-1)
    Sec. 19-1. Any qualified elector of the State of Illinois having duly registered where such registration is required may vote at such election as hereinafter in this Article provided.
    For purposes of this Article 19, a physically incapacitated voter marks his or her ballot "personally" when the voter exercises his or her physical abilities to their reasonable limit in marking the ballot, and marking personally may include instructing the person assisting the incapacitated voter when giving such instruction represents the reasonable limit of the physical abilities.
(Source: P.A. 95-440, eff. 8-27-07; 96-553, eff. 8-17-09.)

 (10 ILCS 5/19-2) (from Ch. 46, par. 19-2)
    Sec. 19-2. Any elector as defined in Section 19-1 may by mail or electronically on the website of the appropriate election authority, not more than 90 nor less than 5 days prior to the date of such election, or by personal delivery not more than 90 nor less than one day prior to the date of such election, make application to the county clerk or to the Board of Election Commissioners for an official ballot for the voter's precinct to be voted at such election. The URL address at which voters may electronically request a vote by mail ballot shall be fixed no later than 90 calendar days before an election and shall not be changed until after the election. Such a ballot shall be delivered to the elector only upon separate application by the elector for each election.
(Source: P.A. 97-81, eff. 7-5-11; 98-115, eff. 7-29-13; 98-691, eff. 7-1-14; 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

 (10 ILCS 5/19-2.1) (from Ch. 46, par. 19-2.1)
    Sec. 19-2.1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 98-115, eff. 7-29-13. Repealed by P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)

 (10 ILCS 5/19-2.2) (from Ch. 46, par. 19-2.2)
    Sec. 19-2.2. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 93-847, eff. 7-30-04. Repealed by P.A. 98-1171, eff. 6-1-15.)


Excerpt from (10 ILCS 5/19-3)
...If application is made electronically, the applicant shall mark the box associated with the above described statement included as part of the online application certifying that the statements set forth in this application are true and correct, and a signature is not required.








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