Overseas and Military Voters
Suburban Cook County voters who live overseas or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces may register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot by completing a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). The FPCA is current for one calendar year and ensures that the voter will automatically be sent an absentee ballot for each election held in that year. Ballots and election materials are sent by mail, email or fax, whichever method the voter indicates on the application.
The following categories of voters are eligible to use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA):
- U.S. citizens who no longer maintain a residence in suburban Cook County but lived there immediately prior to relocating abroad*
- Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and dependents stationed in the U.S. or abroad and whose last civilian address was in suburban Cook County*
- U.S. citizens whose permanent residence is in suburban Cook County but will be temporarily residing abroad on Election Day*
* In all of these instances, you are eligible to vote absentee even if you are not currently registered. Your Federal Postcard Application will serve as a registration application as well.
Step 1 - Apply for a mail ballot
APPLY for a mail ballot. The Federal Postcard Application can be sent back in one of three ways:
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- By fax: (312) 603-9784
- By mail:
Cook County Clerk's Office
C/O Mail Voting Department - UOCAVA Program
69 W. Washington St., Room 500
Chicago, IL 60602
Step 2 - Mail in the application
MAIL in the application. If you submit the application by email or fax, you must still mail us a signed hard copy, but taking advantage of the email or fax option will expedite delivery of your ballot.
Step 3 - Ballot will be delivered
BALLOT will be delivered by email or mail, depending upon which option you chose when you completed the application.
Step 4 - Vote!
VOTE! If you received the ballot by mail, follow the instructions in the Mail Voting instructions brochure you received. If you received an email, follow the instructions within the email or access your ballot at https://cookcountyclerk.everyonecounts.com, a secure website where you can log in, vote your ballot online, print your voted ballot and print the accompanying ballot materials.
Step 5 - Email or mail your ballot
All voted ballots and certification documents must be returned to the Clerk's office by mail, even if you received it by email or fax.
Email: Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
- Verify your voter registration
- See your sample ballot, when available;
- See a list of your elected officials and their contact information;
- Check your absentee ballot status.
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