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Thursday, September 10, 2015
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Military and Overseas Voting
Consent Decree with the Department of Justice
The State Board of Elections, in its capacity as the Chief Election Official, has entered into an agreement with the Department of Justice to enforce provisions of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) to ensure that all military personnel and U.S. citizens living overseas will have their vote by mail ballots counted for the July 7th, 2015 Special Primary Election and the September 10th, 2015 Special Election, as required by Section 102(a)(8)(A) of UOCAVA. 52 U.S.C. for the 18th Congressional District seat.
Illinois citizens, who live overseas or are serving in the U.S. armed forces and will not be in their home county on Election Day, may register and vote by using one of the methods outlined below. Please be advised that for military personnel, Illinois law allows you to register to vote and to apply for a vote by mail ballot at the same time.
Illinois Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (
site will enable you to set up a
account to register to vote and request vote by mail ballots for upcoming Federal Elections. This site was designed to help ease the burden of members of the Uniformed Services (and their eligible dependents) and overseas voters in requesting a voter registration and a vote by mail ballot application. This site will give you the ability to keep in contact with your local election official and to track the status of your application and ballot.
Federal Voting Assistance Program
The Federal Postcard Application is a form provided by the Department of Defense to permit members of the U.S. armed forces, their dependents and U.S. citizens abroad to cast a vote by mail ballot and if necessary, to register to vote. This Postcard Application may be submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail to your respective
local election authority.
Military and Overseas Voter Guidelines
The Military and Overseas Voter Guidelines Manual has been developed to help Military personnel and all Illinois residents living overseas. This manual outlines each step that needs to be taken to ensure your vote by mail ballot is filled out correctly and that your vote will be counted. It will walk you through the process of completing a FVAP application, it will help you to locate your local election authority and it provides a list of frequently asked questions.
Special State Write-In Ballot
If you feel the time is getting short and you have not yet received your full state ballot, please print off the Special State Write-In Ballot; complete the ballot and mail back to your local election official. All address and e-mail information for the election authorities is available on this website.
Further information on Military and Overseas Voting in Illinois can be found at
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Military and Overseas Voting