Vote by mail expanded for November 2020 election

Given the likelihood of social distancing continuing into the fall, the legislature approved an expansion of the state’s vote by mail system for the upcoming General Election.


In prior elections, each voter had to contact their local election authority to get a vote by mail application and each county’s application process was different.


Under the new legislation, local election authorities will automatically send vote by mail applications to certain voters and a universal vote by mail application will be available on

the Illinois State Board of Elections website. Expanding the vote by mail system in Illinois will help ensure voter participation in the November election. Five states already conduct their elections entirely by mail and there is no evidence it leads to election fraud.


The upcoming election is important for so many reasons, including the critical need to pass the Fair Tax and elect a new president. The IFT encourages members to vote by mail or vote early, both to stay safe by avoiding crowded polling places and to avoid any unforeseen event that may interfere with your ability to cast a ballot.

New Changes for the November 3 General Election


Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, will be a state holiday for government offices,

K-12 schools and university civil servants.


Vote by Mail applications

  • By August 1, election authorities will mail or email a vote-by-mail application to any voter who cast a ballot in the 2018, 2019, or 2020 primary election

  • Applications will also be sent to any voter who registered or changed their address after the March 2020 primary

  • By September 15, the Secretary of State will send eminder notices to voters who received an application but haven’t yet returned it

  • Those registering to vote for the first time can request a mail ballot at the time they register

Voting in person

  • Voters will still be able to vote in person

  • Election authorities may provide a curbside voting option

Early voting

  • Voters will still be able to vote early in person

  • For the 15 days prior to Election Day, permanent early voting locations will be open from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm on weekdays and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on weekends and holidays

Visit ift-aft.org/vote for more election information.

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