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
The legislation that created the continuing list currently restricts voters to signing up 90 days prior to the election. We disagree with this and are confident the issue will be resolved and allow the continuing list to open in early 2022.
Military personnel have been voting by mail for over 150 years and to date over 100 million Americans have voted by mail. The VBM 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 thirteen reinforced steel drop boxes located throughout Champaign County.
- Dates & Deadlines
The 2022 Primary Election dates and deadlines for vote by mail will be posted in the near future.
- 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 your 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.
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. If you would like a list of write-in candidates, please contact the Clerk’s Office at email@example.com or 217-384-3724.
- 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, north of the mailbox on State Street
- Champaign Public Library-Douglass Branch, 504 E Grove, Champaign, in the circle drive
- Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W Kenyon Rd, Champaign, in the east parking lot
- Sholem Pool, 2205 Sangamon Dr, Champaign, at the top of the circle drive
- Urbana Public Library, 210 W Green, Urbana, in the circle drive
- University of Illinois Quad, 1401 W Green St, northwest corner, accessible by foot or bike only
- More locations will be available for the 2022 elections!
We look forward to having another successful, fair, free, and accessible election. Thank you again for choosing a safe and secure way of voting.
- Tracking Your Ballot
Please note: Anticipate at least 48 hours before the status of your ballot is updated in the voter portal.