Gov. J.B. Pritzker approved a massive expansion in voting by mail which requires that vote-by-mail applications be sent to every voter who voted through the mail for any election since 2018. It even directs reminders to be sent in the fall and authorizes the Illinois State Board of Elections to publicize and ease the process. In Kane County, ballots will not be sent out until September 24th.
Ballots need not be mailed but could be placed in drop-boxes outside local election authorities. The last day a ballot can be mailed to you in Kane County is 5 days prior to the election. Election Day this year falls on Nov. 3.
Anyone who is not registered to vote can do so online up to 16 days before the election, or in person at several locations like government offices and public libraries up to 27 days before the election. After that timeframe passes, voters will have to register in person using grace period registration and be prepared to cast their ballots at the same time.