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Ways to Vote

Vote by Mail

If you cannot make it to a polling place during an early voting time or on Election Day, you can request a ballot request application and a pre-paid envelope through TurboVote. When you receive your application in the mail, you'll need to fill it out and sign it according to the instructions.

  • January 4th: First day to request a Vote by Mail ballot for the municipal election.
  • February 23rd: Vote by Mail ballots begin mailing to those who request them.
  • March 27th: Last day to request a Vote by Mail ballot electronically.
  • April 4th: Deadline for Vote by Mail ballots to be postmarked or dropped off

Need a stamp? Students can stop by the Center for Civic Engagement at 300 W. North Street, Normal, to pick up a stamp for their mail-in ballot. Many counties have pre-paid mail in ballots, so be sure to check that your mail-in ballot needs a stamp.

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Vote Early

Avoid lines on election day and vote early. All students registered in McLean County are eligible to vote at the McLean County Government Center.

ISU will be hosting a Vote Early day on March 31st!

Register for a spot here from 10am-4pm for a guaranteed ride to vote early at the Government Center, reservations are not required. Meet at the Center for Civic Engagement for a ride, the van will be handicap accessible. If you have questions or need picked up from somewhere off campus, call the Center at 309-438-1100 to make special arrangements.

Early voting will be available February 23rd-April 3rd. Check here for specific hours.

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Vote on Election Day

Illinois municipal elections will be April 4th, 2023. Polling place hours are 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you are in line by 7 p.m., you are entitled to vote. Not sure where to go to vote, McLean County voters can look up their polling place online.

If you live somewhere like Cardinal Court and need a ride to your polling place on Election Day, reserve a ride at this link or call the Center for Civic Engagement at 309-438-1100 for further assistance. Rides will be available from 10 am until 4 pm.

Future Election Dates - Save the Date

Election 2023 2024 2025
General Primary March 19
Local Primary February 21 February 25
Local Election April 4 April 1
General Election November 5

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