Vote By Mail Information

State law allows anyone to vote by mail without excuse.

If you have any questions, or need further assistance, you can email us at votebymail@champaigncountyclerk.com or call us at (217)384-3724.

Thank You

Champaign County Clerk Staff

Voting by mail for the February 28, 2017 Consolidated Primary.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - The first day to receive an application for a ballot through the mail.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - The first day to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the United States.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - The last day that ballots may be mailed out is 5 days prior to the election. This is also the last day that we may receive an application by mail from anyone who has requested a ballot by mail.

  • The return address for ballots is:
  • Champaign County Clerk
  • PO Box 17127
  • Urbana IL 61803
  • The FedEx delivery address for ballots is:
  • Champaign County Clerk
  • 1776 E Washington St
  • Urbana IL 61802

To be counted, a ballot must be postmarked on or before February 28, 2017 and arrive in our office by Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Note: if a ballot is placed in a mail drop box on February 28, 2017, it may be postmarked Wednesday, March 1, 2017, and will not be eligible for counting.

Go to the Vote By Mail Tracking page to track your Vote By Mail progress.

Here are the options for voting by mail in Champaign County.

Vote By Mail Online

Champaign County offers voters a chance to get a ballot in a secure and easy steps on our website.

  1. Go to the Order a Vote By Mail Ballot On Line page on our website.
  2. Type in your personal information that ensures us that you are applying for a vote by mail ballot and not someone else.
  3. For Primary Elections select a single party by clicking on the box next to the party you wish to vote for.
  4. Make sure you give us the correct address that you would like your ballot sent to.
  5. We must receive your request by the Thursday prior to Election Day in order to send you a ballot.
  6. Within a business day of receiving your request, the County Clerk’s Office will mail your ballot to you. (Note: January 19, 2017, is the first day to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the United States)
  7. Once again, carefully read the instructions that come with your ballot. Failure to comply with all the statutory requirements of casting your ballot may result in it being rejected.
  8. Insert the voted ballot into the certification envelope and seal and sign the certification envelope.  Mail the ballot back to the Champaign County Clerk in the envelope provided. It must be postmarked by the day before the election.

Vote By Mail Requests by Phone, Mail or Email

Voters who don’t wish to provide their personal information to our website and those voters for whom we have incomplete information, can still receive an application for a vote by mail ballot.

  1. Call our office at 217-384-3724 or email us at votebymail@champaigncountyclerk.com or fax us at 217-384-1241 and ask for a vote by mail application.
  2. Tell us what address you would like your vote by mail application to be sent to.
  3. We will mail your application within a single business day to the address you provide.
  4. Carefully read the instructions that come with your application.  Failure to comply with all the statutory requirements of completing your application may result in it being rejected.  For Primary Elections you must circle the party that you want to vote.
  5. Mail the application back to the Champaign County Clerk.  We must receive it by the Thursday prior to Election Day in order to send you a ballot. 
  6. Within a business day of receiving your application, the County Clerk’s Office will mail your ballot to you. (Note: January 19, 2017, is the first day to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the United States)
  7. Once again, carefully read the instructions that come with your ballot. Failure to comply with all the statutory requirements of casting your ballot may result in it being rejected.
  8. Insert the voted ballot into the certification envelope and seal and sign the certification envelope.  Mail the ballot back to the Champaign County Clerk in the envelope provided.  It must be postmarked by the day before the election.  Election judges of both parties will confirm the signature on your application with the signature on your voter registration record, much like what is done on Election Day.

Military and Overseas Voting By Mail

If you are in the military or overseas the best way for you to request a vote by mail ballot is online through the Illinois Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment website.

Or fill out a FPCA form which serves as a request for a vote by mail ballot. If you are in the military you can ask your commanding officer for the form. If you are overseas you may request a FPCA form from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If you are unable to obtain the FPCA form please notify our office at votebymail@champaigncountyclerk.com, as soon as you can so we can mail you an application for voting by mail.

Permanently Incapacitated Voter Program

This program is for those people who are permanently incapacitated.

To be placed on this program you need to fill in the incapacitated application PDF form or by contacting the County Clerk's Office.  There is a section that has to be filled out by (or for) the incapacitated voter and a section that must be completed by their doctor.

This program will then allow the County Clerk's Office to automatically send the person an application and vote by mail ballot before every election (that they qualify to vote in) for a five year period. After that the form must be renewed.  If you move or wish to change party affiliation you must notify our office.

If you have questions regarding any of these programs or about vote by mail ballots, please contact us at (217)384-3724 or votebymail@champaigncountyclerk.com

Important Notes

Many first time voters who have registered to vote by mail must vote in person, either at any early voting location, as a hospitalized or nursing home voter, or at the precinct polling place.

If a first time voter requests voting by mail or email, an application will be sent to them which they return with a copy of their photo ID. After verification, a ballot would then be sent to them.

The first day to receive an application for a vote by mail ballot through the mail or to vote in person at the County Clerk's Office is approximately 40 days prior to the election. If you are not sure if vote by mail is taking place please call our office at (217)384-3724.