Election and Voting Information

LWVGR Election Guide 2020

Election Guide Downloads

An interactive guide to mail-in and early voting, state by state, from the New York Times.

Election and Voting General information 

 https://illinoisvoterguide.org/  is powered by the League of Women Voters of Illinois and includes live links to:

  • Register to vote 
  • Check voter registration  
  • Find what is on your ballot (on Nov. 3, 2020)
  • Apply for Vote by Mail ballot

Local Elections and Voting Information Links 

https://www.voterockford.com/  City of Rockford Board of Elections. This site includes links to register to vote, voting options, and district information. For more detailed information, download this PDF.

https://winnebagocountyclerk.com/election-information  Winnebago County Clerk’s Office and includes election information

https://www.boonecountyil.org/content/voter-and-election-information Boone county voter and election information 

https://www.lwvil.org/ League of Women Voters of Illinois website

Mail-in Ballots

42+ states and the District of Columbia have approved mail-in, or absentee ballotin2g. It’s a safe method for those concerned about Covid-19 exposure. You can mail it or drop it off at the ballot drop-off boxes at the Winnebago or Boone County clerks’ offices or the Rockford Board of Elections.

A mail-in ballot drop box at The Rockford Board of Elections, Sixth Street at 2nd Avenue.
A mail-in ballot drop box at The Rockford Board of Elections, Sixth Street at 2nd Avenue.

HOW DO I GET A MAIL-IN BALLOT?

Anyone who is registered to vote in Illinois can request a mail ballot, and anyone who applied to vote in 2018, 2019 or 2020 will automatically receive a vote-by-mail application through the postal service or email.

Applications will begin arriving in the coming weeks.

Voters must submit their applications either by mail or in person to their local voting jurisdiction. For those who haven’t voted in recent years, applications for each jurisdiction can be found at elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx.

Applications are due by Oct. 29 at the latest.

WHEN DO I GET MY BALLOT?

If their application is approved, voters will receive their ballot by mail. Ballots begin going out on Sept. 24, the same day early voting begins.

Ballots must be returned by Nov. 3 either in person at the local election authority or by mail. Officials will accept ballots by mail up to 15 days after the election, but they must be postmarked by Nov. 3.

HOW CAN I TELL MY MAIL IN BALLOT IS SAFE WHILE TRAVELING THROUGH THE POSTAL SERVICE?

Each mail-in ballot envelope has a UPC code which relates to a tracking number. You can follow the progress of your envelope on usps.gov. If there is a blank envelope included with your ballot, be sure to put the ballot in the blank envelope, then insert it into the mailing envelope.

Tracking your ballot to your voting authority is just like tracking your package from Amazon.

CAN I STILL VOTE IN PERSON?

Voters can still cast their mail-in ballots in person on Election Day or during early voting.

All early voting sites will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Early voting begins September 24 and ends November 2.

Every election authority can establish one “super site” either at their office or in the jurisdiction’s largest municipality where any voter in the jurisdiction, regardless of precinct, can vote on Election Day.

Mail ballots will be counted on Election Night. Judges can begin verifying signatures and processing ballots up to 15 days prior to the election, but the ballots won’t be tabulated until Nov. 3.

Rules involving political signage

Under Illinois law 65 ILCS 5/11-13-1, the posting of campaign signs on residential property at any time may not be prevented. Sign size is restricted however. Keep campaign signs AWAY from polling locations by at least 100 feet. You can read up more here.

Make sure to include your sponsorship disclaimer identify the responsible party. i.e. “Paid for by (group or person).” For more info, check out this link

How can I help to have fair and safe elections?

Become an election judge. In Illinois an election judge much must work the entire election day, from 6 AM until ballots are taken from the polling place to the voting authorities officers. It’s a long day, but you do get paid. Contact your voting authority: the county clerk in your county or The Rockford Board of Elections. The contact information is above.