*Dependent children of military members who have never resided in Illinois are eligible to vote and may also vote by mail.
A voter must obtain an application for a vote by mail ballot, either by mail, in person or online by electronic form from the East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners or his/her election authority (county clerk or board of election commissioners). St. Clair County, Illinois voters who live outside the city limits of East St. Louis should contact the St. Clair County Clerk’s office at 618-277-6600.
Upon receiving the application, the voter completes and returns it to the East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners or to his/her election authority. It must include his/her name; home address; address where he/she wants the ballot mailed; party affiliation for a primary election; and signature*.
*If the application is made electronically and the applicant has properly filled it out, a signature is not required.
Submit an online Vote by Mail Application Form
April 2017 Consolidated Election Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application
Yes. Any person may produce, reproduce, distribute or return to the East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners or to an election authority the application for a vote by mail ballot.
Military and overseas voters may start voting by mail 45 days prior to each election, while everyone else may start voting by mail 40 days prior to each election.
Military and overseas voters (for instructions on registering to vote and requesting vote by mail ballots as well as the forms necessary to do so):
A person who has requested a vote by mail ballot cannot be permitted to vote in the polling place on Election Day, unless one of the following exceptions apply:
If the voter admits receiving a vote by mail ballot, but did not return it to the election authority, he or she would only be eligible to vote provisionally.
For further information about being included on the permanently disabled list of voters to receive a vote by mail ballot for each election please contact:
East St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners
301 River Park Drive, Suite 300
East St. Louis, Illinois 62201
Regular Office Hours: Monday through Friday
8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
No. A voter may authorize any person to return their ballot to the election authority, as long as the voter has signed the affidavit on the ballot envelope affirming that authorization was given to deliver the ballot.
Voting by mail includes the same obligations as those who vote in the polling place on Election Day. After completing the application, voters must vote their ballot in complete secrecy.
The affidavits on the application and the ballot envelope must be signed. These affidavits attest to the accuracy of the information provided on the application. The affidavit on the envelope also attests to the fact that the voter is voting his/her own ballot in secret.
Any vote by mail ballot must be placed into the certification envelope provided. The certification on the envelope must be completed, signed and the envelope sealed. Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and must be received within 14 days of the election. All vote by mail ballots are processed centrally.
If the voter receives assistance in voting their ballot, the name and address of the individual providing the assistance must be placed on the ballot certification envelope. Remember that a candidate is NOT allowed to assist a voter unless the candidate is a spouse, parent, child or sibling of that voter.