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Vote by Mail

Who is qualified to vote by mail?

-Any qualified elector of the State of Illinois who is properly registered to vote may apply for a vote by mail ballot.​​

In addition, the following unregistered voters are eligible to vote by mail ballot:

  1. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine and their spouses and dependents whether serving in the United States or abroad;
  2. U.S. citizens and their spouses or dependents, whose permanent residence is in Kane County but who will be temporarily residing abroad on election day;
  3. U.S. citizens (not their spouses or dependents) who maintained a residence in Kane County immediately prior to their departure from the United States.

How to Obtain a Vote by Mail Ballot

By Mail

You may request a vote by mail ballot to be mailed to you. The last day we can mail you a ballot is 5 days prior to the election. To request a vote by mail, either:

  • Print out and complete an application to vote and then mail the completed form to Kane County Clerk, 719 S. Batavia Ave, Bldg B, Geneva, IL 60134,
  • Or call our office at (630) 232-5990. The Kane County Elections Authority will begin accepting the completed application on Janurary 2, 2019​.

The ballot needs to be postmarked by election day and must be in our office within two weeks after the election.

Please note that if you will be out of the country for the election, you must complete and return an FPCA form.


*Persons who have registered by mail without providing identification and will be voting for the first time are not eligible to vote early by mail. They may vote early.

Early Voting

You may vote early at the County Clerk's office ONLY beginning 40 days prior to an election until the day before the election. If you are unable to come to our office to vote and would rather not vote by mail, you may vote early at locations spread throughout the county.

​Incapacitated Voters*

Illinois State Statute requires voters who are incapacitated to complete an Application for Vote by Mail Voter's 5 Year Identification Card form* along with an Affidavit of Attending Physician* in order to automatically be sent an Vote by Mail ballot application for incapacitated voter for every election within 5 years after we receive the application. Click here* for an application, fill out the first page and have your doctor fill out the second page and mail it to:
Kane County Clerk
719 S Batavia Ave, Bldg B
Geneva, IL 60134

Military/Overseas Voters*

Members of the Uniformed Services and their family members or U.S. citizens residing overseas whose last known address is in Kane County and wish to vote by mail may do so by completing and mailing an FPCA (Federal Post Card Application)* to Kane County Clerk's Office, 719 S Batavia Ave, Bldg B, Geneva, IL 60134. By completing this application, you will receive a vote by mail ballot for every election for the current calendar year. The Kane County Elections Authority will begin accepting the completed FPCA form February 2, 2017.

Nursing Home Voting

The Kane County Clerk’s Office provides election judges to conduct in person voting to (registered) residents who wish to vote at the licensed or certified Illinois Nursing Homes.

Hospitalized Voters

Voters who enter the hospital fourteen(14) days or less before an election are eligible to have a vote by mail ballot brought to them. Contact our office at 630-232-5990 to find out more.