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How to vote by mail in Illinois: Thursday marks a critical deadline

Anyone registered to vote in Illinois can vote by mail, no apology necessary.

Voters have until June 23 to apply for a mail-in ballot, although election officials advise applying as early as possible to allow plenty of time for the ballot to arrive and be returned. To be counted, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked before Election Day and arrive within 14 days.

You can find more information about voting by mail on the Illinois State Board of Elections website here or through your local election authority, where you can find an application to request an absentee ballot. .

If you requested to vote by mail and wish to deliver your ballot in person, without going through the US Postal Service, you can do so in person at your election authority office or at designated drop boxes.

Not sure if you’re registered to vote in Illinois?

You can verify here by entering your name, address and date of birth.

To register to vote in Illinois, you must be a U.S. citizen, be 18 by the date of the Nov. 8 general election, and not be serving time in a penitentiary because of a criminal conviction.

If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late!

You can still take advantage of the grace period to register in person at any early voting location in your jurisdiction until June 27, or at your polling place on Election Day.

To do this, you must bring two pieces of identification, one with your current address (like a utility bill), and be prepared to vote at the same time. If you’ve moved since the last time you voted, you can also use the grace period to update your registration at your current address.

A full list of places where you can take advantage of the grace period can be found here.

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