The City of Chicago's military and overseas electronic ballots went live this weekend, allowing the City's military and overseas voters to immediately access, mark, and print their ballot for the upcoming November election.
The City of Chicago's Board of Elections has been utilizing the eLect platform since 2012, resulting in increased participation from military and overseas absentee voters.
For Immediate Release
September 20, 2014
For information, Jim Allen
312-269-7857 / 312-451-3523
Military, overseas civilians first to receive ballots
CHICAGO – Members of the United States Armed Forces and residents living around the world were the first Chicago voters to receive ballots Saturday for the upcoming Nov. 4 General Election, the Chicago Election Board announced. The ballots were delivered electronically with a link to an online system that allows voters to mark the ballot, and then print the ballot and certification forms to submit as an absentee ballot.
Election Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal said balloting materials and instructions were dispatched to 824 Chicago military and overseas civilian voters Saturday. All of them will also receive a hard-copy ballot by mail in the event any cannot access or use the online system. Chicago launched this new system in January 2012 with vendor Everyone Counts, through a grant from the Federal Voting Assistance Program and the U.S. Department of Defense.
“Our military and overseas voters always are served first. We must make certain that they have ample time to return their ballots postmarked by Nov. 3,” Neal said. Military and overseas civilian voters may return ballots by mail, by licensed courier (such as UPS, FedEx or DHL), through a military voting officer, or through a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. Ballots postmarked Nov. 3 or earlier can be counted so long as they are received by the Election Board by Nov. 18.
To be eligible to vote from overseas, qualified voters must complete and submit the “Federal Post Card Application” which is available at the Chicago Election Board’s web site at www.chicagoelections.com under “Military/Overseas Voters.”
At the Nov. 4 General Election, voters will be casting ballots in contests for U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, Governor and several other state, county, local and judicial offices.