Mail-In Voting: What to Do if You Go To The Poll Instead

Voting by mail is an option for voters to cast their ballot prior to election day. Voters can request a vote by mail ballot through the mail or in person. During the 2018 election, some people who had mail-in ballots came to the polls instead, but did not bring the ballots with them. DuPage election officials had to go`over provisional ballots and match up mail-in ballots with their corresponding mail-in ballot requests postmarked on or before Election Day. Then some of the voters had to be contacted to sign an affidavit, which also needed to be notarized.
THOSE WHO REQUESTED TO VOTE BY MAIL, BUT TURN UP AT POLLS ON ELECTION DAY, CAN VOTE IF: 
  • Voter submits to election judges their vote by mail ballot, or a portion of the ballot for cancellation.
  • Voter fills out affidavit stating that they never received the vote by mail ballot.
  • Voter fills out affidavit stating they completed and returned the vote by mail ballot and election authority did not receive it.

Note: If the voter admits receiving a vote by mail ballot, but did not return it to the election authority, he or she would only be eligible to vote provisionally.

All requests by mail must be received by the Election Authority by 03/28/2019.

All in-person early voting requests must be made by 04/01/2019.

Additional provisions and requirements apply to Military and Overseas Citizens.

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