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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Mail Ballot Voters Urged to Apply Today ‘Do not 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 today.

“It is critical for anyone still intending to vote by mail to apply online immediately, 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. Ballots must either be in the custody of the County Clerk or have a postmark on or before Nov. 3rd.

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 recommended voters to have applied by Oct. 15. A week has passed since that recommended deadline.

“The statutory deadline was passed at a time when mail voting was not heavily promoted or selected. It did not burden the system,” Kaczmarek said. “That deadline will be revisited in the near future; until then, we are being honest with voters in saying there is a limit to how long they should wait to apply. DuPage voters have had the opportunity to apply for a mail ballot for over four months. The time has come for voters to instead plan to visit an Early Voting site or Election Day polling place.”

Over 200,000 mail ballots have been sent to DuPage County voters; over 100,000 ballots have been returned and verified to date. DuPage County has 644,670 registered voters.

Once the County Clerk’s office receives an 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 the County Clerk’s 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. 

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 continues in DuPage County at 18 Early Voting sites through Nov. 2nd. Locations and hours are posted on the Clerk’s website