Voters can request absentee ballot applications

October 8, 2002
Press Release

Suburban voters who will be out of the county during the Nov. 5 general election may apply for a mail-in absentee ballot from the Cook County Clerk’s office, Clerk David Orr announced today.

To request a mail-in absentee ballot application, qualified voters registered can:

  1. call the Clerk’s office at (312) 603-0906
  2. download a request form via the Clerk’s election website
  3. write or stop by the county’s Election Department, 69 W. Washington St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60602 

Voters should return the completed absentee application — no later than Oct. 31 — to the Cook County Clerk’s downtown office, which will determine if a voter is eligible to receive a mail-in absentee ballot. The Clerk’s office will send mail-in absentee ballots to qualified voters as soon as they become available. 
Voted mail-in absentee ballots can be mailed to the Clerk’s downtown office and must be received by Election Day (Nov. 5). Clerk Orr reminds voters that Illinois election law prohibits anyone except the voter, a family member or bonded messenger from mailing or handling completed absentee ballots.

Under state law, registered voters may qualify to cast an absentee ballot only if they cannot make it to their respective polling site on Election Day. The most common reasons involve voters who will be out of the county or who are physically incapacitated. Voters serving as election judges or on jury duty or those observing a religious holiday also may apply to vote absentee.

In addition, in-person absentee voting for the Nov. 5 general election will begin Oct. 15 and end Nov. 4. Qualified absentee voters can cast ballots at their village and township clerk’s office or at the Cook County Clerk’s office (69 W. Washington St.). Voters should call the Clerk’s office at (312) 603-0906 or their local village or township clerk for times and locations.

Those who registered to vote using a mail-in registration form are not eligible to vote using a mail-in absentee ballot the first time they vote. They must either vote in their precinct on Election Day, at the Clerk’s downtown office (69 W. Washington St.) or at their local village or township hall during in-person absentee voting.

For more information about voting absentee, call (312) 603-0906 or visit