Tuesday, 8 March 2016

2016 PRIMARY ELECTION- Key Dates & News for Disabled, Military, Nursing Home & Hospital Voters


First day of early voting
Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters
Last day of early voting
Last day of grace period registration and voting
Election Day

Disabled Voter Program
If you are permanently physically incapacitated and unable to make it to your polling place, you qualify to automatically receive an application for a mail ballot before every election for the next five years.

To sign up, you must:

  • Be a registered voter
  • Submit a notarized Disabled Voter Program application completed by you and your doctor. If you haven’t already applied to vote by mail, the Clerk’s office will send you a mail ballot application. For more information:
    1. Call: (312) 603-0938
    2. Email: Accessibility.Info@cookcountyil.gov Download a Disabled Voter Application
      Download this application, complete it with your doctor and have the form notarized.Overseas and Military Voters
      Suburban Cook County voters who live overseas or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces may register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot by completing a Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).  The FPCA is current for one calendar year and ensures that the voter will automatically be sent an absentee ballot for each election held in that year.  Ballots and election materials are sent by mail, email or fax, whichever method the voter indicates on the application.
      The following categories of voters are eligible to use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA):

  • U.S. citizens who no longer maintain a residence in suburban Cook County but lived there immediately prior to relocating abroad*
  • Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their spouses and dependents stationed in the U.S. or abroad and whose last civilian address was in suburban Cook County*
  • U.S. citizens whose permanent residence is in suburban Cook County but will be temporarily residing abroad on Election Day*

* In all of these instances, you are eligible to vote absentee even if you are not currently registered. Your Federal Postcard Application will serve as a registration application as well.
Step 1 - Apply for a mail ballot
APPLY for a mail ballot. The Federal Postcard Application can be sent back in one of three ways:

  • By email: uocava.voting@cookcountyil.gov
  • By fax: (312) 603-9784
  • By mail:
    Cook County Clerk's Office
    C/O Mail Voting Department - UOCAVA Program
    69 W. Washington St., Room 500
    Chicago, IL 60602

Step 2 - Mail in the application
MAIL in the application. If you submit the application by email or fax, you must still mail us a signed hard copy, but taking advantage of the email or fax option will expedite delivery of your ballot.

Step 3 - Ballot will be delivered
BALLOT will be delivered by email or mail, depending upon which option you chose when you completed the application.

Step 4 - Vote!
VOTE! If you received the ballot by mail, follow the instructions in the Mail Voting instructions brochure you received.  If you received an email, follow the instructions within the email or access your ballot at https://cookcountyclerk.everyonecounts.com, a secure website where you can log in, vote your ballot online, print your voted ballot and print the accompanying ballot materials.

Step 5 - Email or mail your ballot
All voted ballots and certification documents must be returned to the Clerk's office by mail, even if you received it by email or fax.
Email: Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Use the Your Voter Information tool:

  • Verify your voter registration
  • See your sample ballot, when available;
  • See a list of your elected officials and their contact information;
  • Check your absentee ballot status.

For more information:

Nursing Home and Hospital Voting

Nursing home voting
The Clerk's office conducts voting at suburban Cook County nursing homes before every election. Call the Clerk's office at (312) 603-0929 for more information. A list of nursing home voting locations for the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election is available here.

Hospital/Nursing Home/Rehabilitation Center Voting
If you are admitted to a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation center fourteen days or fewer before an election, you may arrange to have a ballot delivered to you at the hospital.
You and your doctor must complete and sign a legal affidavit that serves as an application form and arrange to have it delivered to the Cook County Clerk's office. The Clerk's office will issue you a ballot at that time and give it to a relative (spouse, parent, child, brother or sister) or another registered voter of the same precinct who will bring it to you at the hospital and then return it to the Clerk's office after you make your selections. The individual delivering the ballot on your behalf must sign the affidavit accompanying your ballot application.
Completed ballots must be delivered in person to the Clerk's office (69 W. Washington St., Room 500, Chicago) before 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Hospitalized Voting Applications

For more information