Per Public Act 96-0533, effective August 17, 2009, a person may request and vote an absentee ballot without specifying a reason for the absence from the polling place on Election Day.
The first day Illinois Election law allows the County Clerk to mail an absentee application and/or ballot is 40 days before the election. The last day a Ballot can be mailed by the Election Authority is 5 days prior to the election.
To vote by Absentee Ballot in Grundy County, you must be a Registered Voter in Grundy County.
The exception: a non-registered citizen residing in Illinois who is temporarily absent from his/her county of residence may apply by mail for an absentee ballot to vote for President and Vice President only with the election authority having jurisdiction over his/her precinct of permanent residence. (10 ILCS 5/20-13)
ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL is a convenient way to cast your ballot if you are unable to get to your polling place on Election Day or cast your vote during Early Voting. (refer to the Early Voting section)
TO OBTAIN AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, you must first complete AN APPLICATION for an Absentee Ballot. You may contact the County Clerk’s office for an application in any of the following ways:
•Fax a request for an application to the Grundy County Clerk at 815-942-2222. Include name, address, birthday, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number and a phone number (in case of a question)
•Call the County Clerk’s office at 815-941-3222. The staff will mail the application and a return envelope to you.
After completing the Absentee Application, mail it to the Grundy County Clerk, 111 E. Washington St., Room 12, Morris, IL 60450. An Absentee Ballot will then be mailed to you.
After you’ve completed the voting process, the ballot must be placed in the certification envelope provided. The certification envelope must also be signed, and the envelope sealed.
Absentee ballots must be mailed or personally returned to the election authority.
•Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than midnight on the night prior to the election, and they must be received within 14 days of the election.
•Voted ballots may be personally delivered to the County Clerk’s office NO LATER than Election Day before 7:00 p.m. There is a limited exception permitting ballot return by spouse, parent, child, sibling or licensed delivery service where the authorization form is completed.
If you apply for an Absentee Ballot and later decide you want to vote at the polls, you must surrender your Absentee Ballot to the Judges of Election at your Polling Place.
The Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) 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 vote by Absentee Ballot and, if necessary, to Register to Vote. Illinois law allows for you to register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot at the same time within certain guidelines. This Postcard Application MUST BE SUBMITTED by MAIL or FAX to the Grundy Clerk’s office before an Absentee Ballot will be mailed to the Voter. Please visit www.fvap.gov to electronically complete the FPCA and further information.
Absentee Voting In-Person may be completed by any qualified Grundy County registered voter not more than 40 days or less than 1 day prior to the election. You will be asked to fill out an Application for an Absentee Ballot. You will then be given an Absentee Ballot.
All absentee ballots are processed at the County Clerk’s office.
The following County office will conduct Mail-In and In-Person Absentee Voting for the March 18, 2014 General Primary Election for the voters living in Grundy County during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M beginning Thursday, February 6, 2014.
Lana J. Phillips
Grundy County Clerk
Grundy County Courthouse, Room 12
111 E. Washington Street
Morris, IL 60450