Want To Vote By Mail This Year, and Every Year? Applications for Ballots Now Open

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Election season is officially upon us as applications are now open for voters to request mail-in ballots for the upcoming June 28 primary.

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Thanks to a new Illinois law, election commissions in Chicago and Cook County, along with collar counties, will also allow people to join a permanent vote-by-mail roster rather than having to request ballots in advance of each contest.

This year’s primary promises to be more competitive than usual, with incumbents nowhere to be found in several congressional races, either due to redistricting or retirements, including the decision by U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush to not seek another term representing the 1st District. More than a dozen candidates are vying to fill his seat.

Redistricting has also set up a couple of unusual races in which two incumbents from the same party are squaring off against each other in the primary.

Other statewide offices on the ballot include governor, secretary of state and the U.S. Senate seat held by Tammy Duckworth, who has no Democratic challenger.

To apply for a mail-in ballot, click on the applicable link:


Suburban Cook County

DuPage County

Kane County

Kendall County

Lake County

McHenry County

Will County

Officials recommend applying for a mail-in ballot sooner than later to guarantee its arrival in time to vote. Expect ballots to be sent out in May.

The general election will be held Nov. 8.

Contact Patty Wetli: @pattywetli | (773) 509-5623 |  [email protected]

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