Frequently Asked Questions

How do I Vote by Mail?

Updated 09/05/2014

  1. For the 2014 General Election, the McLean County Auditor's office will mail each eligible voter in the county a mail ballot application on or around September 18.
  2. If the voter wants to vote in this election, the voter needs to complete the application, sign it on the signature line, seal it and return the mail ballot application to the County Auditor. Upon receipt of the completed and signed mail ballot application, a ballot specific to that voter's precinct will be delivered to the voter.
  3. The voter votes their ballot in the comfort of their own home, taking time to carefully consider the questions on the ballot, and then returns the voted ballot to the County Auditor through the mail or in person any time before Election Day. Please be sure to place your voted ballot in the tan colored secrecy envelope labeled "BALLOT SECRECY ENVELOPE", seal the secrecy envelope, and then place the secrecy envelope in the white, pre-addressed, return envelope.
  4. When the ballot is returned, the County Auditor matches the signature on the ballot envelope (legal affidavit) with the signature on the application and organizes the returned ballots (still in their sealed envelopes) for counting by the Absentee Election Board.
  5. The Absentee Election Board will consist of two clerks, an inspector hired by the county, and four judges appointed by the political parties. The board will count the returned ballots utilizing an M-100 electronic scanning device. (The ballots are in secrecy envelopes inside the return envelope, so those opening the envelope with the voter's name on it WILL NEVER see the voted ballot itself.
  6. There will be three voting centers open on Election Day for those who choose not to vote by mail or who did not return their absentee ballot before Election Day. Refer to the Polling Place section below for hours and locations.