Frequently Asked Questions About Voting

For answers to frequently asked questions about voter registration, click here.

You can always check your voter status, find your polling location, verify your vote by mail ballot request, see your sample ballot, and more on our voter portal.

Don't see your question? Email it to us so we can answer it and add it to our website! You can reach us at elections@champaigncountyclerkil.gov.

WHERE IS MY POLLING LOCATION? CAN I VOTE ANYWHERE?

You can look up your polling location here or you can vote at any of our universal polling locations which are also listed here.

DO I NEED ID/VOTER REGISTRATION CARD TO VOTE?

If you are a first-time voter or need to change any of your voting information, it’s best to take a picture ID and a piece of mail with your current address.

Voter registration cards are not needed to vote.

I LIVE HERE PART OF THE YEAR AND SOMEWHERE ELSE PART OF THE YEAR, CAN I VOTE AT BOTH PLACES?

No, you cannot. Pick one address to be registered at and vote in that district.

I RECEIVED A VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION FROM A THIRD PARTY. DO I HAVE TO USE IT?

No, you do not have to use that application. You can if you want. We encourage you to request your vote by mail application on our website here.

I AM ON THE REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER LIST, WHERE CAN I VOTE?

Elections do not preempt laws that restrict access to individuals on the sex offender registry. The best option is to vote by mail or to vote at the Clerk’s Office.

IS VOTE BY MAIL SAFE?

Vote by mail has been around since the Civil War and is a safe and reliable way to vote. Vote by mail used to be called “Absentee” but now any eligible voter can vote by mail/vote at home. States all across the U.S. are almost entirely vote by mail because of the cost savings, security, and ease of voting.  There are numerous checks and balances in place throughout the entire vote by mail process to ensure complete transparency, integrity and accuracy.

Vote by mail uses the same machines for ballot printing, tabulation, voter verification and checking in as in-person voting and all machines are developed and governed by strict federal rules.

ARE VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS DIFFERENT THAN IN-PERSON BALLOTS?

Not at all. You would vote for the same offices as if you voted in-person.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY BALLOT IS COUNTED?

Ballots are checked in, verified, and cast by a multi-judge panel with judges from both parties. This ensures everything is done according to statue and accurately. If you log into My Voter Information, it will tell you when your ballot has been received by the Clerk's Office. If there is anything that would prevent your ballot from being cast, the Clerk’s Office would contact you immediately to rectify the issue.

WHAT IF MY BALLOT IS REJECTED? THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

If there is anything that would prevent your ballot from being cast, the Clerk’s Office would contact you immediately to rectify the issue and you would have 14 days from election day to resolve the issue.

WHY ARE PEOPLE SAYING THEY GOT MORE THAN ONE BALLOT IN THE MAIL?

Sometimes a voter who receives their ballot in the mail will receive a duplicate for a couple of reasons but there is no need for alarm. The duplicate ballot can be returned to the Clerk’s Office with duplicate written across the top or the voter can simply destroy the duplicate ballot.

There is no possibility of a voter being able to vote more than once because they received duplicate ballots. Once a ballot is returned it is immediately scanned into our system as returned. Any additional ballots for the same voter would be flagged as duplicates and not counted.

CAN I PICK UP MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT IN-PERSON?

No, that would defeat the safety benefits of utilizing vote by mail. Once you request your ballot you will be able to track its progress to you and if you don’t want to mail it back, you can use a drop box location to return it.

WHAT IS A DROP BOX?
Drop boxes are secure drop sites where voters can return their vote by mail ballot. Our drop boxes are quarter inch steel with anti-theft components. They are either bolted to concrete slabs or cemented into the ground. They are designed to prevent water leaking into the box. The slot where envelopes are placed is narrow and constructed so once the ballot is dropped in the box it cannot be retrieved by the voter. These boxes are used throughout the country to secure vote by mail ballots.

There are 12 drop boxes (more to come) in Champaign-Urbana. They are open 24/7.  However, if you are returning your ballot on Election Day, it must be in one of the 12 drop boxes before 7PM. The drop boxes are emptied daily by at least two people, one Democratic and one Republican election judge, then driven directly back to the Clerk’s Office and secured for processing.

DROP BOX LOCATIONS

24-Hour Locations

  • Brookens Administration Building, 1776 E Washington St, Urbana, in the circle drive
  • Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green, Champaign
  • Champaign Public Library-Douglass Branch, 504 E Grove, Champaign
  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W Kenyon Rd
  • Illini Union, 1401 W Green St, southeast corner inside the Union, accessible by foot only
  • Mahomet Public Library, 1702 E Oak St, Mahomet
  • Parkland at Mattis, 1315 N Mattis Ave, Champaign
  • Rantoul Village Hall, 333 S Tanner, Rantoul
  • Savoy Recreation Center, 402 Graham Dr, Savoy
  • Sholem Pool, 2205 Sangamon Dr, Champaign
  • St. Joe Township-Swearingen Memorial Library, 201 N Third St, St Joe
  • Urbana Free Library, 210 W Green, Urbana
I REQUESTED A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT AND RECEIVED BUT CHANGED MY MIND. I WANT TO VOTE IN PERSON.

You can do that. Take your vote by mail ballot with you to your polling place, surrender it to the Election Judge, and they will issue you a new ballot. However, we do encourage you to use your vote by mail ballot. It is safer for everyone. If you're not comfortable mailing it back, you can use a drop box, described in the question above.

I REQUESTED A BALLOT AND NEVER GOT IT. NOW WHAT?

Give us a call and we can verify your address and status of your request. You can reach us at 217-384-3724.

*If the election is less than 48 hours away, we strongly suggest you simply vote in-person at your regular precinct or any of the universal sites listed here.

I DON'T THINK THE BALLOT I RECEIVED IS CORRECT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Give us a call and we can verify your address and ballot style. You can reach us at 217-384-3724.

CAN I HELP A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER COMPLETE THEIR VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?
Yes, you can. Just complete the “Did You Get Help?” section on the return envelope.

 

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