Vote by Mail

Vote By Mail Ballots

All Vote By Mail ballots have been sent. Any new applications being submitted are processed and the ballots mailed daily.

Vote by Mail ballots for the November 2020 General Election will start to be mailed on September 24th, 2020 in accordance with state law.

Voting In-Person After Requesting A Vote By Mail Ballot

If you requested a Vote By Mail ballot, you may still vote in-person. You may vote either at an Early Voting location or on Election Day at your polling place. Please bring your Vote By Mail ballot with you to surrender to the Election Judges when you check-in.

Filling Out Your Ballot

When returning your Vote By Mail ballot, please make sure you sign the certification envelope. This signature is used for verification purposes. If you do not sign the certification envelope, our office will contact you to proceed with processing your ballot.

The return envelope of your Vote By Mail ballot has a section on the front called the Vote By Mail Ballot Authorization Form. This only needs to be filled out if someone else is hand delivering your ballot. If you are mailing your ballot or bringing it to one of our drop boxes, you do not need to fill out this section.

Mailing Your Ballot

If you are mailing your Vote By Mail ballot, a First Class stamp is sufficient. If you are using one of our drop boxes, a stamp is not required.

Vote By Mail Ballot Applications

Please note that you may receive multiple Vote by Mail ballot applications. Other organizations may send you a Vote by Mail ballot application.  You only need to return one Vote by Mail ballot application to receive a ballot in the mail.

 A Vote By Mail ballot application has been sent to all active registered voters in the City of Bloomington for the November 2020 General Election. If you have already submitted a Vote by Mail ballot application, you do not need to submit another Vote by Mail ballot application.

Registered voters in the City of Bloomington can vote by mail for any reason.

Approximately 90 days before each election, you can apply for a Vote By Mail ballot.  When the applications are available, you can:

  • Submit a Vote By Mail Online Application, OR
  • Print the 2020 mail-in form and mail it to our office (2020 General Election) General Election VBM Form 1120 OR
  • Call us and we will mail you an Application for Vote by Mail, pre-printed with your voter information on it, OR
  • Come to our office and complete an application in person.

Can I apply in person?
You can come to our office and complete an application in person, but you may find it more convenient to use Early Voting at our office. Please check Early Voting dates and location schedule to see if that is an option for you.

How and when will vote by mail ballots be counted?
Vote by mail ballots are counted at the election’s office on Election Day. Ballots received before then are securely held.

To be counted, vote by mail ballots must be:
– Postmarked before midnight on the day of election and arrive by mail in the office within 14 days after the election, OR
– Returned in person to the Board of Elections office, any time before the close of polls on election day.
– Vote by mail ballots are not counted if they are returned late to the Board of Elections office or not postmarked by election day.

I am permanently disabled. Can I vote by mail in every election?
If permanently disabled, a voter may apply to automatically receive vote by mail applications at every election for a period of five years (renewable.) Please contact us by mail, phone or email.

***See Illinois State Board of Elections if you are registered/live elsewhere in Illinois for election authority contact information and websites.