County Clerk's Office - Joseph J. Tirio, McHenry County Clerk

Application for Vote by Mail Ballot

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November 3, 2020 General Election

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 General Election voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. Voting by mail is an easy option for voters and you can request a vote by mail ballot through email, mail, or in person. An application is available from your local election authority or at To register to vote or check your registration status, visit

If you are having difficulties with the form below, please download our fillable PDF form here.

What happens after I submit my ballot application?
For voters who return their applications early, ballots will be mailed out starting on September 24, 2020, and the voter should receive them no later than October 5, 2020.  

For applications received after voting by mail has started on September 24, 2020, the ballots will be mailed within two business days after our office receives the application.  If you do not receive your ballot or have questions, you may contact our office at (815) 334-4242 or by email at [email protected].

What do I do when I receive my ballot?
Your ballot may be returned to the election authority by mail, or delivered in person. In person delivery can be by either the voter or by any person authorized by the voter, or by a company licensed as a motor carrier of property by the Illinois Commerce Commission under the Illinois Commercial Transportation Law, which is engaged in the business of making deliveries. If delivered, the ballot must be received by the election authority prior to the polls closing (at 7:00 PM) on Election Day: November 3, 2020. If mailed, you must affix proper postage, and the ballot must be postmarked by Election Day (please note that special rules apply to a voter who has been admitted to a hospital, nursing home or rehabilitation center within 14 days of the election; you may contact your election authority for further information if this is your situation).

This application MUST be submitted by October 29th, 2020 (at least 5 days prior to an Election).

The first day that the County Clerk may mail ballots is September 24, 2020.

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