Applications for absentee ballots are now available for the April 17, 2007 Consolidated Election, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced on Thursday.
“Absentee voting is a convenient way of casting a ballot if you’re unable to make it to your polling place on Election Day, and if you can’t make it to the polls during the early voting period, which is March 26 through April 12,” Orr said.
To vote absentee, you must, by law, have a reason why you cannot make it to your polling place on Election Day. In most cases, voters vote absentee if they will be out of town during the election or if they are physically disabled.
Absentee applications are available at this page of voterinfonet.com or at the Clerk’s downtown office, 69 W. Washington St., fifth floor, Chicago.
To vote absentee, you must be a registered voter, have a valid reason or excuse for voting absentee, and have submitted a completed application.
Once your application is received, the Clerk’s office will verify your eligibility and compare your signature on the application against the signature on your voter registration record before issuing a ballot. Applications must be submitted to the Clerk’s office by April 12.
If you are a first-time voter, you cannot vote absentee by mail if you registered to vote by mail. The only exception to this is for overseas and military voters.