Vote by Mail

Click here to find out more about the application to vote by mail. 

Vote by Mail Application



Click on the box to fill out the application for a vote by mail ballot!


How do I arrange to Vote BMail, also known as VBM?

The first step for voting by mail is to request a ballot by 
apply for an application, then submitting it to the McHenry County Clerk.  Click on the box above to fill out the online application.

When can I request (apply for) a VBM ballot?

Good news! Registered voters can file 
an application online right nowIf you live in McHenry County, apply by clicking on the box above. 

What if I don’t request a VBM ballot now, or I don’t like to do things on the internet?

On August 1, 2020, 
the Secretary of State Jesse White will mail a Vote BMail application (request for VBM ballot) to every registered voter who voted in 2018, 2019, or the 2020 primary, or who registered after the 2020 primary. You can wait to receive the application, fill it in, and return it by fax, email, or U.S. Mail.

What is the deadline for requesting a VBM ballot?

You can submit the application any time up until October 29, 2020. Obviously, the earlier you request your ballot, the 
earlier you get to take that first step to vote Trump out.

When will I receive my VBM ballot?

VBM ballots will be mailed to those who submitted applications, starting on September 24, 2020. If you request your ballot after October 1, 2020, 
the McHenry County Clerk must mail it to you within two business days of receiving the application.

What if I get a VBM ballot and then decide I want to vote in person?

Just bring your VBM ballot and envelope to your polling place once in-person voting begins, return them to an election judge, and request a regular ballot to vote then and there. Easy! 
Having the VBM ballot in hand before the polls are open for in-person voting, ensures that if you’d rather not leave home, you can still vote. Remember we need your vote!

If I do decide I want to
 mail in or drop off my VBM ballot, what’s the deadline?

Vote by mail ballots must be returned or postmarked no later than Election Day, November 3, 2020. 
You can mail your VBM, or drop off your VBM ballot at:

McHENRY COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - 667 Ware Rd., Woodstock - Ballot Drop Box Available 24 hrs
McHENRY TOWNSHIP OFFICE - 3703 N. Richmond Rd., Johnsburg - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
THE DOLE MANSION - 401 Country Club Rd., Crystal Lake - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
McHENRY CITY HALL - 333 S Green St., McHenry - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours
LAKE IN THE HILLS VILLAGE HALL - 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills - Ballot Drop Box Available during voting hours

What if there's a problem with my VBM ballot when the 
county clerk receives it?

county clerk is required to notify you of any problems with your ballot within 48 hours of receiving it.

What if I still have questions about VBM?

You can 
email the Democratic Party of McHenry County or call us at 847-906-1559

VBM Tips

Do not initial the ballot.

It is ok to undervote, which means to leave a question blank or to only vote for one candidate even though you can vote for two. Your ballot will still count. For example, if there is no Democrat running or there is only one Democrat running - like for County Board, only vote for the Democratic candidate. 

Voting no on judge retention may trigger an election whereby Democrats can challenge the current sitting Republican judges. 

Sign your name as you signed it when you registered to vote. 

Make sure your envelope is sealed. 

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