Any registered voter in Illinois may cast an absentee ballot by mail. Voters do not need a reason or excuse to vote absentee by mail. February 6, 2014 is the first day that civilian voters in the United States may apply to cast an absentee ballot in March 18, 2014 Primary Election.
Anyone registered to vote in Chicago are eligible to cast absentee ballots. However, the voter must file a completed and signed request for absentee ballot by the legal deadline.
Applications for military and civilians overseas must be received at the Election Board by close of business on Monday, March 10, 2014.
Applications from voters in the United States must be received at the Election Board by close of business on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
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- February 19 through March 15, 2014: In-person Grace Period Voter Registration offered at Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor.
- March 3 through March 15, 2014: Early Voting offered at 51 sites throughout the city
- March 10, 2014: Military/Civilian Overseas voter applications must be received by Election Board. Fax and email applications accepted.
- March 13, 2014: All other absentee applications must be received by Election Board.
- March 16 to 17, 2014: In-person absentee voting offered at the Election Board, 69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor.
- March 17, 2014: Last day absentee ballots may be postmarked and certified by the voter or delivered in person to Election Board.
- March 18, 2014: If a voter failed to submit an absentee ballot with a postmark before Election Day (March 17 or earlier), the voter may submit the unused absentee ballot to the judges at the polling place designated for that voter's precinct and cast a ballot in person.
- April 1, 2014: Last day that a mailed absentee ballot (postmarked or certified March 17 or earlier) may arrive at the Election Board to be included in the count.