• Kemone Hendricks

How to vote by mail and where to find ballot drop-boxes

Dear Evanston,

Voting by mail is a convenient way to cast your ballot if you are unable to get to your polling place on Election Day or to cast your ballot in-person during Early Voting at a designated Early Voting site.

Any registered suburban Cook County voter may apply for a mail ballot.

It's no longer necessary to provide a reason.

Voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot through the mail or in person.

Ways to obtain an application to vote by mail

Download and print the mail ballot application.

•Call the Cook County Clerk's Office at (312) 603-0946

•Call the Evanston City Clerk's Office at 847-448-8189 for more information

What to do with your application, ballot and deadlines

•Deadline to request a mail ballot is October 29, 2020

•All ballots must be postmarked or submitted to the Cook County Clerk's Office by November 3, 2020

•All in-person early voting requests must be made by November 2, 2020

•Applications must be submitted by mail, certified courier or in person

•Applications cannot be accepted by email or fax

•Once your application is received and registration verified a paper ballot will be mailed to the address you designate on your application

•After making your selections and completing the certification form on the back of the envelope and signing it, mail or deliver your ballot

•Mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day

•Secure dropboxes open October 9.


For secure dropbox locations for Cook County mail ballots click here.


One of the dropboxes will be located at the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave.

•If the certification form (on the back of the return envelope) is not signed, your ballot will not be counted

For more information about Mail Voting please visit the City of Evanston website. For more information, see Jonah Meadows' piece in The Patch.


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