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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mail Ballot Voters Urged to Apply This Week ‘Don’t put it off,’ Clerk Kaczmarek tells mail voters

DuPage County Clerk Jean Kaczmarek urges voters who intend to vote by mail in the 2020 Presidential Election to apply to the Clerk’s office this week.

“I strongly advise anyone who intends to vote by mail but hasn’t returned their mail ballot application yet to get it in or apply online this week, so my office has sufficient time to deliver their ballot,” Kaczmarek said. 

Similarly, anyone who has received their ballot already is urged to complete and get their ballot back to the Clerk’s office as soon as possible.

Though applications will be accepted through Oct. 29, the Clerk, as well as Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Elections, all recommend voters apply much earlier, preferably by Oct. 15.

“Mail ballot voting is a challenge for procrastinators,” Kaczmarek said. “You need to complete and return the ballot application, then make your election choices and return the completed mail ballot to my office, by each deadline. More people than ever are choosing to vote by mail this election, so whether you complete a mail ballot application online or sign and return your application by mail, get it done today.”

Nearly 200,000 mail ballots have been sent to DuPage County voters. DuPage County has 641,506 registered voters.

Once the County Clerk’s office receives a mailed or online application, it takes approximately 7-10 days for the ballot to be delivered to the voter.   Voters who applied for mail ballots are encouraged to sign up for BallotTrax to receive text or email alerts tracking their ballot status.  Any voters with questions or concerns regarding the status of their ballot are encouraged to contact our office immediately so any issues can be addressed well before Election Day.

DuPage County voters have been able to apply for a mail ballot online since June 16, the same day Gov. Pritzker signed SB 1863, an emergency election response to the coronavirus pandemic. The law required county clerks to send mail ballot applications to any voter who had voted in the 2018 General, 2019 Consolidated or 2020 Primary elections; DuPage County mailed applications to all voters in July. Illinois voters have had nearly four months to decide if they want to vote by mail and apply.

Mail voters can deliver their completed mail ballots to: a USPS mailbox; to the County Clerk Election Division office; to a drop box located in the south parking lot or main entrance of the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building, 421 County Farm Road, Wheaton; or to a drop box located in any one of the nearly 300 Early or Election Day polling places in DuPage County.

Early Voting by paper ballot continues every day this week through Saturday at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. Starting Monday, Oct. 19, 18 additional Early Voting sites with touchscreen voting will open throughout DuPage County. Locations and hours are posted on the Clerk’s website

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 General Election voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. Voting by mail is an easy option for voters and you can request a vote by mail ballot through email, mail, or in person. An application is available from your local election authority or at https://elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx. To register to vote or check your registration status, visit https://ova.elections.il.gov