Voters are allowed to cast their ballots prior to Election Day by mail through Vote By Mail (Absentee) Voting.

 

What Are the Requirements to Vote By Mail (Absentee)?

The voter must obtain an application for Vote By Mail (Absentee), either by mail or in person, from the Aurora Election Commission. Upon receiving the application, the voter is to complete, sign and return it to the Aurora Election Commission. It must include their name; home address; address where they want the ballot mailed; party affiliation for a primary election; and signature. The completed application must be returned in the appropriate time frame by either mail, to the election office, or by email (absentee@aec-il.org).

Who Qualifies to Vote By Mail (Absentee)?

Any person registered to vote within the city limits of Aurora in the counties of Kane, Kendall and Will is eligible to cast a Vote By Mail (Absentee) ballot with the Aurora Election Commission. Any person registered to vote in the City of Aurora, Dupage County needs to contact the Dupage County Election Commission at (630) 407-5600 for information on Vote By Mail (Absentee) voting. Registered or non-registered members of the United States Armed Forces while on active duty, members of the Merchant Marines, and U.S. Government employees serving outside the U.S. as well as their spouses and dependents who expect to be absent from their county of residence on election day; Registered and non-registered citizens of the United States, temporarily out of the country, an their spouses and dependents of voting age when residing with or accompanying them, who maintain a precinct residence in a county in this State; State and federal employees (and their spouses) who had a voting residence in the precinct at the time they entered employment, but who now reside elsewhere due to state or federal employment, may retain their voting rights in that precinct.

Do I Need A Reason To Vote By Mail (Absentee)?

No. Per Public Act 96-0553, effective August 17, 2009, a person may request and Vote By Mail (Absentee) ballot without specifying a reason for the absence from the polling place on Election Day.


When Can Application Be Made to Vote By Mail (Absentee)?

In Person: Not more than 90 days or less than 1 day prior to the election.

  • By Mail Inside the US: Not more than 90 days or less than 5 days prior to the election.
  • By Mail Outside the US: Not less than 30 days prior to the election to receive full ballot or; less than 30 days prior to the election, but more than 10 days prior to the election to receive a Federal Ballot only.


Can Anyone Who Requested a Vote By Mail (Absentee) Ballot Vote at the Polls On Election Day?

A person who has requested a Vote By Mail (Absentee) ballot cannot be permitted to vote at the polling place on Election Day. Exceptions: Any voter to whom a Vote By Mail (Absentee) ballot was issued may vote at the polls if:

  • the voter submits to the election judges their Vote By Mail (Absentee) ballot, or a portion of the ballot for cancellation;
  • the voter fills out an affidavit stating that they never received the Vote By Mail (Absentee) ballot;
  • or the voter fills out an affidavit stating they completed and returned a Vote By Mail (Absentee) ballot and the election authority did not receive it.