Voting by Mail


Available only to registered voters, including active U.S. military, military dependents, and citizens residing overseas.

NOTE: Unless you are registered in one of our Vote-By-Mail programs, you will not automatically receive an application for a Vote-By-Mail ballot. The applications sent to voters for the November 2020 election were a special provision required by the State of Illinois due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Required Ballot Application

  • You must submit a ballot application for each election.
  • Your application must be completed and received at the Lake County Clerk’s office before a ballot can be mailed to you.
  • Beginning 90 days before the election, the application is available by:
    • Logging onto to submit an electronic application online or print a personalized PDF form to mail.
      • For the fastest processing method, complete an electronic application, select “Electronic Request” after log in and follow the prompts through to “Submit Request.”  Your signature is not required, and you must complete an attestation.
      • If you wish to print and mail a personalized application to the Lake County Clerk’s office, select “Paper Form” after log in. Print, complete, sign, and mail your application to the Lake County Clerk’s office.
    • Downloading and completing this form before mailing it to the Lake County Clerk's office,
    • Calling the Lake County Clerk's Voting by Mail Department at 847-377-VOTE, or
    • Emailing your name, address, and date of birth to
  • Ballots are mailed starting 40 days before Election Day. (25 days for a Consolidated Election if there is a primary)
Vote by Mail


  • Lake County Clerk’s office must receive your completed ballot application by 5 PM on the Thursday before Election Day.
  • Your voted ballot must be hand delivered to the Lake County Clerk's office by 7 PM on Election Day, or it may be returned via mail with a postmark no later than Election Day and received at the Lake County Clerk's office no later than 14 days after Election Day.


  • Your ballot can be mailed to a temporary, alternate address.
  • Your official ballot will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service starting 40 days before an election.

Automatic Application for Ballot by Mail Program Enrollment and Advantages

Enrolling in a program makes it even easier for you to cast a ballot by mail as it allows you to automatically receive an application for ballot, and if all requirements are met, a ballot, prior to any or all the elections that you select. You may elect to have your ballot application mailed to your home, an alternate address, or even a temporary address. Enrollment is simple and remains in effect until you cancel or if your voter registration becomes inactive.

Permanent Program
If you are a registered voter and live at the same address year round, you can have your ballot application, and subsequently your ballot, mailed to your home addresses for the elections you designate. Enrollment form

Snowbird Program
This a great option if you seasonally travel away from your voter registration address and then return home. You can have your ballot application, and subsequently your ballot, mailed to your temporary address. Enrollment form

Student Program
If your education takes you away from home, you can have a ballot application, and subsequently your ballot, mailed to your school address. Enrollment is valid for two years, and each summer our office confirms your school address for the coming year. Enrollment form


  • Track the Lake County Clerk’s receipt of your application and voted ballot at
  • If you did not receive your requested ballot by mail or the Lake County Clerk's office did not receive your mailed, voted ballot, you will be able to vote early or on Election Day after signing the proper attestation form.
  • You can contact the Voting by Mail Department at 847-377-VOTE or