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115 E. Washington St., Room 403, PO Box 2400       Bloomington, IL  61702

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Registered voters in the City of Bloomington are eligible to cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person by applying for absentee ballot as described below.

Voters should check Early Voting dates and location schedule on the home page to see if that is an option for them.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

Submit an Application for Absentee Ballot as described below. The Board of Elections office must receive the Application for Absentee Ballot no later than the Thursday before an election for a ballot to be mailed to the voter. By law, we cannot mail a ballot after 4:30 p.m. the Thursday before an election.

  • Submit request electronically through this website (beginning 40 days before an election only).

  • OR call us 309-888-5136 and we will mail you an Application for Absentee Ballot preprinted with your voter information.

  • OR print an application form below**, complete, and mail to our office.

  • OR come to our office and complete an application in person.

  • The ballot will be mailed when it is available about a month before the election.

Can I vote absentee in person instead of by mail?

After printed ballots are available for any election (usually about a month before the election), absentee voting can be done in person in the office of the Board of Elections during office hours until closing on the day before any election, including from 9 a.m. until noon on the Saturday before the election.

How and when will absentee ballots be counted?

Absentee ballots are counted by election judges on election day in ballot tabulating equipment just like ballots at the polls, or on the 14th day after the election if postmarked and received in proper time. To be counted, absentee ballots must be

  • postmarked before midnight on the day before the election and arrive by mail in the office within 14 days after the election.

  • OR returned in person any time before the close of polls on election day, to the Board of Elections office only.

  • Absentee ballots returned late but not meeting these conditions are not counted. 

I am permanently disabled.  Can I vote an absentee ballot in every election?

For further information about being included on the permanently disabled list of voters for automatic absentee balloting, contact:
Bloomington Board of Election Commissioners
115 E. Washington St., Room 403
Bloomington,  IL 61701
Phone 309-888-5136
Fax     309-888-5776


  • ONLY registered voters who live within the corporate city limits of Bloomington, Illinois use one of these forms. 

  • OR call 309-888-5136 and we will send a preprinted absentee application by mail.

  • McLean County voters who live outside the city limits of Bloomington, contact the McLean County Clerk's office 309-888-5190 or go here.

  • Others should contact their local election authorities.


No absentee ballots may be sent by mail after March 13, 2014.  Please call 309-888-5136 for alternate voting options.

Submit form electronically (beginning 40 days before an election only - no mailing required.)

Print, fill out by hand, sign and mail, click here.

Form with type-in fields to print, sign and mail, click here.

Fill out, sign, and mail to:
Board of Election Commissioners
115 E. Washington St., Room 403
PO Box 2400
Bloomington, IL  61702



"Administering fair, accurate, nonpartisan elections in the City of Bloomington, Illinois since 1914."

Contact the
Election Commission during office hours:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone (309) 888-5136
Fax (309) 888-5776 
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Elections in the remainder of McLean County are administered by the McLean County Clerk.
Please ignore any double underlined links in this website. They are not put on here by the Board of Elections.



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