Registered voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day. This ballot is cast by personal appearance at the County Clerk's office or at an Early Voting location.
Early voting is meant to encourage greater participation in the election process and to provide convenience for those that are unable to make it to the polls open on Election Day.
Early voting begins 40 days before an election and extends through the end of the day before Election Day.
You can find early voting locations and times for Champaign County here.
Absentee Voting & Mail in ballots
Illinois allows anyone to vote by mail without excuse.
An absentee ballot is the printed ballot marked by an absent voter, sealed in a special envelope, and given or mailed to the county clerk. The county clerk ensures that each absentee ballot that is returned in a timely manner gets to the right polling place on election day.
Any registered voter may vote using a vote-by-mail ballot instead of going to the polls on Election Day. Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 3 days after Election Day to be counted.
To vote by mail or absentee ballot in Champaign County, you can find instructions here.
Grace Period Registration & voting
Grace period registration is an extension of the regular registration deadline. Grace period registration authorizes each election authority to establish procedures for the registration of voters and for change of address during the period from the close of registration for an election through Election Day.
If a voter who registers to vote or changes his or her address during this grace period wishes to vote at the election or primary occurring during this grace period, he or she must do so in-person at the same time that he/she registers. The election authority may allow grace period voting by mail only if the election authority has no ballots prepared and available when the registration occurs.
During the grace period, people can register and vote:
- at the office of the election authority,
- at a permanent polling place established by the election authority,
- at any other early voting site beginning 15 days prior to the elections,
- at some polling places on Election Day,
- or at a location specifically designated for this purpose by the election authority.
Check with your local election authority to determine the locations and hours available in your area.