Monday, October 12, 2020

If voting during a pandemic is not your idea of a good time, take heart! Illinois has got you covered with plenty of safe options to help you exercise your civic duty this November. Decide which option is best for you, make a plan and VOTE!

Prefer to vote from the comfort of your own home?

Great idea! This is a good choice for anyone who is homebound, high risk, or who just wants a quick and easy way to vote. Illinois allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. Voting by mail is a safe and secure way to cast your ballot this year. You have until October 29 to request your mail-in ballot, but why wait? Do it today.

Don’t trust the post office to deliver your ballot on time?

Drop it off in a secure drop box. Want someone else to drop it off for you? That’s fine too. Just sign the back of the envelope giving them permission. Change your mind about voting by mail? No problem. Just surrender your ballot on election day and vote in person.

Want to vote in person but don’t like the crowds on election day?

Take advantage of expanded early voting hours at locations across Illinois.

Prefer to vote in-person at your neighborhood polling place on election day?

Illinois has your back (from 6 feet away). Polling sites across the state are following strict protocols to provide you with a safe, physically distanced and clean voting experience. Don’t forget your mask!

The more people who choose alternative ways to vote before election day, the safer it’ll be for those who need or want to go to the polls in-person on November 3.

No matter what your preference, be sure to be counted in the November election. Make a plan, meet the deadlines and be heard!

Important dates:

Deadline to register online to vote: October 18

Request a vote by mail ballot: October 29

Mail-in ballots postmarked on or before Election Day: Tuesday, November 3

Voting Locations – DuPage County (Beginning Monday, October 19)

  • DuPage Fairgrounds 2015 Manchester Rd., Wheaton (paper and touchscreen)
  • College of DuPage 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn
  • Elmhurst City Hall 209 N. York Rd., Elmhurst
  • Safety Village in Darien 7400 Cass Ave., Darien
  • Addison Township Office 401 N Addison Rd., Addison
  • The Annex at Abbington Banquet Hall 3s002 Rt 53, Glen Ellyn
  • Bartlett Community Center 700 S. Bartlett Rd., Bartlett
  • The Courtyard 3s200 Rt 59, Warrenville
  • Darien Office Complex 8255 Lemont Rd., Darien
  • Downers Grove Village Hall 801 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove
  • Fox Valley Mall 195 Fox Valley Center Dr., Aurora
  • Islamic Center of Naperville 25W530 75th St., Naperville
  • Kings Hall Banquets 1000 Unit #40 Rohlwing Rd., Lombard
  • Lisle Park District / Wheatstack Restaurant 5900 S. Rt. 53, Lisle
  • Naperville Municipal Center 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville
  • Old Farm Market Place 2011 S. Washington St., Naperville
  • Stratford Square Mall 152 Stratford Square Entrance 3, Bloomingdale
  • Yorktown Center Lombard The Shops at Yorktown #42, Lombard

Strict health protocols will be followed at each Early Voting site to protect voters and poll workers from COVID-19. They include: Extended hours so that crowds may be more spread out throughout the day; masks for poll workers, regular cleaning of equipment and touchscreens with sanitizing wipes, and signage reminding voters to keep six feet apart. In accordance with statewide COVID-19 prevention guidance, if a voter forgets their mask, they will be given a single-use mask from the Clerk’s Office. All Early Voting sites are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Voting Resources:

Illinois Polling Place Look Up

How to Protect Your Vote (League of Women Voters’ of Illinois)

Pocket Guide to Voting in Illinois

National Council on Aging: Healthy Voting

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): Memo Reaffirming Nursing Home Residents’ Right to Vote

National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center: Voting Resources

Assisting Cognitively Impaired Individuals with Voting: A Quick Guide

Guardians: Protecting the Right to Vote

The Arc: Disability Voter Guide

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