Continuing Vote By Mail List
In the Spring of 2021 Public Act 102-0015 created a vote by mail (VBM) request list that is permanent, also known as continuing. This simply means you only have to request a VBM ballot once from your County Clerk. Unless you move, pass away, or request to be removed from the list, you will receive a VBM ballot for every election you are eligible to vote in.
To qualify for the continuing list you must:
Be an active registered voter in Champaign County
Sign up specifically for the continuing list
Military personnel have been voting by mail for over 150 years and to date over 100 million Americans have voted by mail. The vote by mail process has all the same identity verification procedures as voting in person. And if you're concerned about returning your ballot by mail, you can always hand deliver your ballot to one of the twelve reinforced steel drop boxes located throughout Champaign County.
Request to be on the continuing vote by mail list here.
- The first day for requesting a vote by mail ballot is Wednesday, January 4, 2023. You can request online here or using the paper application linked in the right hand menu.
- The first day ballots can be mailed is Thursday, February 23, 2023.
- Any vote by mail ballot requests made after February 23, 2023 are processed and mailed within 2 days.
Vote By Mail Information - Continuing & Single Election
- Dates & Deadlines
- Consolidated General is Tuesday, April 4, 2023.
- The first day to request a vote by mail ballot is Wednesday, January 4, 2023.
- The first day vote by mail ballots can be mailed is Thursday, February 23, 2023.
- Request made after February 23rd will be processed and mailed within 2 business days.
- The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is Thursday, March 30, 2023.
- All vote by mail ballots must be deposited into a drop box by 7PM on Election Day, Tuesday, April 4, 2023 or postmarked to the Clerk's Office, by the post office, no later than Election Day, Tuesday, April 4, 2023.
- Completing Your Ballot
Read the ballot carefully, noting how many candidates you may vote for per race and check the back of your ballot for additional races. We encourage you to vote the whole ballot.
Fill in the oval next to the candidate(s) of your choice completely with black ink.
If you make a mistake on your ballot, mark the spoiled box on the back of the return envelope and send the ballot back to the Clerk’s Office. If we have time to get it to you in the mail, we’ll send you a new ballot. If Election Day is too close we strongly encourage you to take the spoiled ballot to you home polling location or one of the universal polling locations, surrender it, and vote in person.
Once your ballot is complete, place it in the return envelope, sign the ballot certification, and seal. In signing the certification on the vote by mail envelope, you are attesting that you personally marked this vote by mail ballot. If you are physically unable to mark the ballot, a friend or relative may assist you after completing the affidavit on the return envelope.
If you are having your ballot hand delivered by someone other than yourself, you and the person delivering the ballot must complete the Affidavit of Delivery on the outside of the return envelope.
- Write-In Instructions
Illinois requires write-in candidates to declare their candidacy to be a valid write-in candidate. All candidates can be found here.
- Returning Your Ballot
After you have completed your ballot, refold it and insert it into the return envelope addressed to the Clerk’s Office. Make sure you sign the envelope! If you forget the Clerk’s Office will not be able to cast your ballot until you provide a valid signature.
There are two ways to return your ballot.
- You can drop it in any post office mailbox – postage is paid!
- You can also deposit your ballot in one of the secure drop boxes throughout the county. These are ¼ inch steel, highly secure drop boxes that are permanent to their location. The contents are picked up daily by two Election Judges, one from each party.
- All vote by mail ballots come with tracking, meaning you will know when your ballot is en route to you and when it has been received by the Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office is processing as quickly as we can but it is a specific and rigid system. Anticipate at least 48 hours before the status of your ballot is updated in the voter portal.
DROP BOX LOCATIONS
- Brookens Administration Building, 1776 E Washington St, Urbana, in the circle drive
- Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green, Champaign
- Champaign Public Library-Douglass Branch, 504 E Grove, Champaign
- Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W Kenyon Rd
- Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, southeast corner inside the Union, accessible by foot only
- Mahomet Public Library, 1702 E Oak St, Mahomet
- Parkland at Mattis, 1315 N Mattis Ave, Champaign
- Rantoul Village Hall, 333 S Tanner, Rantoul
- Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Dr, Savoy
- Sholem Pool, 2205 Sangamon Dr, Champaign
- St. Joe Township-Swearingen Memorial Library, 201 N Third St, St Joe
- Urbana Free Library, 210 W Green, Urbana
We look forward to having another successful, fair, free, and accessible election. Thank you again for choosing a safe and secure way of voting.
- Replacing Your Ballot
If you make a mistake on your ballot, write “SPOILED” across it, place it in the return envelope, mark the spoiled box on the back of the envelope in the upper left corner, and mail it to the Clerk’s Office. Once we receive it, we will mail you a new ballot. If Election Day is less than 5 days away, we strongly encourage you to vote in-person. See the instructions below under VOTING IN-PERSON.
- Receiving Assistance With Your Ballot
If anyone helped you complete your ballot, they must fill out the voter assistance section in the upper right corner of the return envelope. They should not sign in the voter signature box. Only should sign or make a mark in the voter signature box.
Under Illinois law, only voters who are blind, physically disabled, or unable to read or write the English language may be assisted by a relative or friend. Individuals who cannot assist voters include the voter’s employer, agent of that employer, officer/agent of the voter’s union, or a candidate whose name appears on the ballot (unless the candidate is the spouse, parent, child, brother, or sister of the voter). The person assisting must mark the ballot as directed by the voter.
Individuals who make any attempt to influence the voter’s choice of candidates, party, or votes in relation to a public question, or to mark the ballot other than as directed by the voter, may be guilty of a class 3 felony. Anyone providing assistance to a voter should not mark the ballot if they do not know the voter’s intent and may not subsequently divulge the candidate(s) or public questions for whom the voter instructed them to cast ballots.
The voter must sign the return envelope in the voter signature box. If they cannot sign their name, they can make a mark, but if the box is left blank, or signed by someone other than voter, the ballot will be rejected. Even if the voter is under power of attorney status, they still must be the one to sign or make a mark on the envelope.
- Tracking Your Ballot
You can track the status of your ballot here. If you have any questions about your ballot, don’t hesitate to contact the Clerk’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-384-3724.
Please note: Anticipate at least 48 hours before the status of your ballot is updated in the voter portal.
- Voting In-Person
If you change your mind and would like to vote in-person, take your vote by mail ballot and return envelope to the polling location with you. You need to surrender all contents of the envelope to the election judge to vote in-person. Without all contents, you will have to vote provisionally. You can go to any vote center to vote in-person. Find a list of locations here.