Noble is committed to partnering with our communities to make sure we are all prepared to vote, so that we can all let our voices be heard on election day, November 3rd. Below is a three step guide to help you prepare to vote.
Step 1: Register to vote
The deadline to register online for the 2020 Presidential Election was October 18th.
In Illinois, you can still register to vote in-person at an early polling location until November 3rd, or on Election day at your assigned polling place.
Be sure to take your ID and a piece of mail with your address along with you if you register in person. Check out the Chicago Elections website for a list of acceptable forms of ID and polling places.
You can check your registration below.
If you don’t have a state ID/driver’s license, the deadline to register to vote by mail was October 6th.
Step 2: Create a voter plan
How will you vote in this election? Because of the pandemic, making a plan for how you’ll cast your ballot is essential. You have two options on how to vote in this election: Vote by Mail and Vote In-Person.
Vote by Mail
All registered voters in the state of Illinois will be mailed a Vote By Mail ballot to ensure a safe and accessible voting option during the COVID-19 pandemic. Election officials will begin mailing ballots to voters by Sept. 24-Oct. 5, and will include a ballot card, a return envelope, a list of Vote By Mail Drop Box locations, and an “I Voted” wrist band. When you mail your ballot package, you will receive an email with a tracking system to follow the ballot mailing to your address — and then track your Ballot.
Voters must sign the eligibility oath and date the Vote By Mail return envelope before submitting their ballot. Every signature is verified before the ballot is cleared for counting. If a signature is missing or if the signature does not match the one on file, the County will notify the impacted voter to allow the voter an opportunity to provide a valid signature.
Returning Your Vote By Mail Ballot
- Return By Mail: must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3rd, with no postage required. Because of USPS delays, it is recommended to mail your ballot at least two weeks in advance to ensure proper delivery.
- Drop-Off at Dropbox Location
- Drop-Off at Voting Center
Step 3: Let your voice be heard!
Learn more about who and what is on the ballot and the potential impact of propositions in our communities, by visiting this nonpartisan site here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can vote by mail?
Every registered voter will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020, General Election. Elections officials will begin mailing ballots to voters by October 5, 2020. If you do not receive your vote-by-mail ballot or need to request a replacement, please contact your local election office.gs.
How do you return your vote-by-mail ballot?
After marking your choices on your vote-by-mail ballot, place it in the official envelope provided by your county elections office and seal it. Sign the envelope where directed. You have multiple options for returning your ballot. To ensure your ballot arrives by the deadline, return it either:
By mail—must be postmarked on or before November 3. No postage is required!
Even if you receive your vote-by-mail ballot and envelope, you can still vote in person at your polling place on Election Day. Bring your vote-by-mail ballot to the polling place and give it to a poll worker to exchange for a polling place ballot. If you do not have your vote-by-mail ballot and envelope, you may have to vote using a provisional ballot. This ensures that you have not already cast a ballot.
Am I registered to vote?
To be eligible to register to vote in Illinois, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old by the general election
- A resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
Where can I learn about candidates and propositions?
Visit BallotReady, for every candidate and measure, explained. Know what you’re voting for by researching every race and referendum on the ballot.
Where do I vote?
Locations & Hours for Early Voting – Link here
How much postage is needed to return my vote-by-mail ballot?
No stamp, no problem! Postage for vote-by-mail envelopes is prepaid and free for all voters in Illinois.
How can I return my vote-by-mail ballot?
Secured Drop Boxes with date/time stamps will be available at every Early Voting site for Vote By Mail voters to submit their Ballot Return Envelopes from Oct. 14-Nov. 3.
Can I still vote in person this election?
Due to Covid-19, voters are encouraged to use Vote By Mail or Early Voting before Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020. But you still can vote in person at any of the early voting polling locations or on election day at your precinct polling site.
Can voters with disabilities vote by mail?
All elections offices are required to offer an accessible option to vote-by-mail. Vote-by-mail allows voters with disabilities to receive their ballot at home and mark it independently and privately before sending it back to election officials. For the November 3, 2020, General Election, all registered voters may use the vote-by-mail option. To sign up to vote-by-mail, click here.
Can I get time off from work to vote?
All employees are eligible for paid time off for the purpose of voting if they do not have enough time outside of working hours to vote.
Employees can be given as much time as they need in order to vote, but only a maximum of two hours is paid. Employers may require employees to give advance notice that they will need additional time off for voting. Employers may require time off to be taken only at the beginning or end of the employee’s shift.
Do I need to show ID to vote?
At Your Precinct Polling Place ON ELECTION DAY on NOV. 3. You must show (2) forms of ID. At least one (1) ID must list your current address. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of ID.