Voting by Mail


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

Permanent Vote By Mail Status

Voters may now apply for Permanent Vote-By-Mail Status and automatically receive a ballot in all subsequent elections. A voter remains in a permanent status until the voter requests to be removed, the voter provides notice to our office of a change in registration outside of Lake County or our office receives confirmation that the voter has registered to vote in another county.

Ballot Application for Current Election Only 

  • 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 or deliver 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 [email protected].
  • 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.
  • Lake County's drop box locations for vote-by-mail ballots can be found here


  • 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 [email protected].