In order to vote absentee, you have to meet any of the following criteria:
- You expect to be absent from your county of residence on Election Day
- You are appointed to be an election judge in a precinct different from where you reside
- You are physically unable to get to the polls
- A conflict with a religious holiday or belief
- You have election duties in the office of a state’s attorney, county clerk, a board of election commissioners or state board of elections and will be unable to get to the polls
- You are serving as a sequestered juror on a state or federal jury only
- You are a member of the United States Armed Forces while on active duty, members of the Merchant Marines, or you are a spouse or dependent of the aforementioned, and expect to be absent from your county of residence on Election Day
- You are a member of a religious group or welfare agency (or are a spouse/dependent of the aforementioned), that is officially attached to or assisting members of the armed forces who expect to be absent from the county where they reside on Election Day
- You are a state or federal employee who had a voting residence in the precinct at the time they entered employment, but who now reside elsewhere due to state or federal employment
- You are a registered citizen temporarily residing overseas
How to request an absentee ballot:
STEP 1: Obtain the proper application for an absentee ballot, either by mail or in person, from the your election authority.
STEP 2: Complete the application. Include your name, home address, address where you want the ballot to be mailed, and remember to sign it.
STEP 3: Mail it or hand-deliver it to your election authority. If you return the application in person or complete the application in the election authority’s office, then immediately vote with your absentee ballot in the election authority’s office. If you mail the application and it is properly completed, the election authority will mail your absentee ballot to you.
STEP 4: After receiving your ballot, VOTE THE BALLOT IN SECRET. Insert the ballot into the envelope provided, seal it, complete and sign the certification on the back and PERSONALLY return it or mail it. The absentee voter may authorize, in writing, that a spouse, parent, child, brother, sister, or licensed motor carrier, should deliver the completed absentee ballot to the election authority in sufficient time to be delivered to the polling place on Election Day.
You can request an absentee ballot by mail from 40 days prior to the election up till 5 days before the election. You can request an absentee ballot in person 40 days before the election up till 1 day before the election.
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