Suburban Cook County voters may now apply for a mail ballot for the April 7 Consolidated Election, Cook County Clerk David Orr announced Wednesday.
“Voting by mail is more convenient than ever,” Orr said. “Voters request a mail ballot online, then make their choices from the comfort of their own homes, on their own schedules.”
Voters have until April 2 to request a mail ballot for the April 7 Consolidated Election. The completed mail ballots must be postmarked on or before April 6 for acceptance at the Clerk’s office.
Applying online, by smartphone or tablet takes less than a minute at cookcountyclerk.com/votebymail.
Voters will need the last four digits of their Social Security number, their driver’s license or state identification card, and an email address. Applying online eliminates two or three legs of the snail mail process, so it is the most efficient method for voters and the Clerk’s election division.
Voters can also download a paper application, request an application by calling 312-603-0946 or email email@example.com. Orr urges voters who wish to vote by mail to apply for a ballot soon because Election Day is only 27 days away.
For voters using a paper form, the Clerk's office will verify their eligibility and compare the signature on the application against the signature on the voter registration record before issuing a ballot. If a voter applies online, the system verifies their eligibility with the data they have provided. Regardless of how the voter applies, the signature on their ballot will be compared against the signature in their voter file before their ballot is counted.
While applications will be accepted online, ballots must be delivered by U.S. mail and cannot be distributed or received electronically. An exception is allowed for overseas voters and members of the military