What is Absentee Voting?
Voters may cast their ballots prior to Election Day -- either in person at an EarlyVoting location, or by mail through Absentee Voting. Under Illinois law, any voter may use Absentee Voting or Early Voting. Voters do not need a reason or excuse to use AbsenteeVoting or Early Voting.By law, Sept. 27, 2012 is the first day that civilian voters in the United States may applyto cast an absentee ballot in the General Election. By law, a voter cannot submit anapplication by fax or email unless the voter is in the military or living overseas.
How to Vote Absentee / How to Vote by Mail
The Election Board strongly recommends that voters submit their applicationsfor absentee ballots in early October, well ahead of the Nov. 1 deadline
. Absentee ballot applications also are availableat the Board's offices for pick-up. Votersalso may call 312-269-7967 to ask to have absentee ballot applications mailed to them.The completed application for absentee ballot must include the voter's name,signature and registration address, as well as the address where the absentee ballotshould be mailed.Upon receipt of the completed original application, the Election Board will mail an absenteeballot to the voter, or as soon as ballots are available from theprinter.Civilians in theUnited States must submit original signed applications. By law, civilians in the UnitedStates cannot submit applications that are faxed, photocopied or emailed. Absentee voters whose applications do not arrive by the Nov. 1 deadline must voteabsentee in person at the Election Board or vote at the precinct polling place on ElectionDay.
NOTE: Chicago voters should submit their applications for absentee ballots directlyto the Board of Election Commissioners, 69 W. Washington St., Ste. 600, P.O. Box1179, Chicago IL 60690-1179 - and not to any other address.
Vote the absentee ballot and return it to the Election Board for processing. Followall enclosed instructions and make sure to vote in secret. A voted absentee ballot must bepostmarked (or in the absence of a postmark, certified by the voter) on or before Nov. 5 (atleast one day before Election Day) in order to be counted. In addition, the Board mustreceive the returned ballot by Nov. 20, 2012 for the ballot to be counted. The ballot may bereturned personally, by an immediate relative, by U.S. Mail or by a state licensed motor carrier.Once an absentee ballot has been returned to the Board, it cannot be retrieved or withdrawn. An absentee voter cannot vote in person in the polling place on Election Dayunless he or she brings the absentee ballot (or a portion of it) to the election judges or completes an affidavit stating the absentee ballot was never received by the voter.
NOTE: Chicago voters should submit their voted absentee ballots directly tothe Board of Election Commissioners, 69 W. Washington St., Ste. 600, P.O. Box 1179,Chicago IL 60690-1179 - and not to any other address.
The Ward MapsHave ChangedSince the LastElection
The new Ward maps based on2010 Census data have takeneffect. Links to the City WideMap and West Side wards areshown below. Click onto the linksto the individual ward maps tosee old ward boundaries andprecincts, new ward boundariesand precincts and street names.