Vote By Mail is a safe and secure way for voters to complete their ballots in the privacy of their own homes. To receive a ballot through the mail, registered voters must first complete and submit a Vote By Mail Application.
SUBMITTING A VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION
The Illinois Election Code determines the period when registered voters may submit Vote By Mail Applications. During the specified period, voters have several options for submitting applications:
- Online With The Will County Clerk: This is the easiest and fastest way to apply directly with the Will County Clerk’s Office. Click below to check your voter registration status first. If you are registered, you can then click on Vote By Mail Ballot Request.
- Online (Illinois State Board of Elections): Applications also are available online at elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx.
- Email: Send your completed Vote By Mail Application to email@example.com.
- U.S. Mail: Send your completed Vote By Mail Application to The Will County Clerk’s Office, Attn. Vote By Mail, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet IL 60432.
- Download/Print: You can download and print a copy of the Will County Clerk’s Vote By Mail Application by clicking on the link below.
|NEW: PERMANENT VOTE BY MAIL
Beginning in 2022, Illinois law allows registered voters to place themselves on a Permanent Vote By Mail List. You can do this by following directions on the online Will County Clerk Vote By Mail Application or by completing the gray box on paper copies of the Vote By Mail Application. If you select this option, you may choose the types of elections for which you automatically will receive a Vote By Mail Ballot. Please read the application instructions carefully.
WAYS TO RECEIVE AN APPLICATION
- Online: The most efficient way to receive and submit a Vote By Mail Ballot Application.
- Email Us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Will County Clerk’s Office will email you an application.
- Call Us at (815) 740-4615: The Will County Clerk’s Office will send you an application by mail or email.
- US. Mail: Send a request for a Vote By Mail Application to The Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet IL 60432. We’ll send you one immediately.
- Visit Our Office: Request an application in person at The Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet IL 60432. You can drop off your completed application in person as well.
- Campaigns/Political Parties: Candidates, their representatives, or political organizations may provide you with blank applications. These third parties also may offer to submit your completed application to the Will County Clerk’s Office.
IMPORTANT – The candidate or organization cannot complete an application on a voter’s behalf without the voter’s knowledge or participation.
IMPORTANT – A third party cannot request an application and fill it out on behalf of a registered voter.
Note: Registered voters who choose not to be on the Permanent Vote By Mail List must submit a Vote By Mail Application for each election as applications are only valid for that specific election. Vote By Mail Applications are available 90 days prior to Election Day.
RECEIVING AND RETURNING YOUR BALLOT
- The Will County Clerk’s Office begins mailing Vote By Mail Ballots 40 days prior to Election Day.
- Ballots must be completed and returned to the Will County Clerk’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day.
- Ballots received at the Will County Clerk’s Office after Election Day must be postmarked by Election Day. These ballots will be tabulated no later than the Provisional Count, scheduled for the second Tuesday after Election Day.
- Prepaid Postage: Vote By Mail Ballots will arrive with a postage prepaid return envelope. Follow the instructions carefully and simply place it in the mail so that it arrives by Election Day.
VOTE BY MAIL DROP BOX
You may also deposit your sealed Vote By Mail Ballot Envelope in one of nine secure Drop Boxes located throughout Will County. The link below provides a complete list of Vote By Mail Drop Boxes. Ballot Envelopes are collected daily and returned to the Will County Clerk’s Office for processing during the Vote By Mail period.
LOCATIONS – (Click name for dates and hours)
Will County Office Building
95th Street Library
Fountaindale Public Library
Frankfort Public Library
Governor’s State University
Joliet Public Library – Black Road Branch
Plainfield Public Library
White Oak Library – Lockport Branch
Wilmington Public Library
MILITARY AND OVERSEAS U.S. CITIZENS
Members of the Military and U.S. citizens who are temporarily residing outside of the United States may submit a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to receive a Vote By Mail Ballot. All Federal Post Card Applications remain active for one calendar year. You can find more about this process by visiting fvap.gov.
PERMANENTLY DISABLED AND HOSPITALIZED VOTERS
Voters who are permanently disabled are eligible to enroll in the Permanently Disabled Vote By Mail Program and automatically receive a ballot for the next five years. Voters who have been admitted to a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center not more than 14 days before an election may complete an application that allows a trusted third party to pick up and deliver to them a Vote By Mail Ballot.
PRINT DISABLED VOTE BY MAIL
Print disabled voters have the option to use audio instructions to navigate and mark their ballots without assistance. Voters qualify for a print disabled Vote By Mail ballot if they have a print disability* which prohibits them from independently reading, marking, and verifying a Vote By Mail Ballot.
*A print disability is a temporary or permanent physical or mental impairment such as blindness, low vision, physical dexterity limitation, learning or cognitive disability, which prevents a person from the effective reading, writing, or use of printed materials.
VOTE BY MAIL / EARLY VOTING LISTS
Click Here to sign up for Vote By Mail and Early Voting lists.