If you are registered* to vote in Madison County, you are eligible to cast an absentee ballot.
As of January 1, 2010, no excuses are necessary for you to vote absentee.
*If you registered by mail without providing identification and will be voting for the first time, you are not eligible to vote absentee by mail. You may vote absentee in person at the County Clerk's Office or may vote early.
In addition, the following unregistered voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot:
You need an Application for Absentee Ballot. Download it here, or email us at absentee@co.Madison.il.us, or call us at (618) 692-6290 for an application. The Madison County Clerk's Office will need your name, residence address, mailing address and date of birth at the time of request. After we receive your application, a packet with the ballot, Instructions for Voting by Absentee Ballot, certificate envelope and a return mailing envelope will be mailed to you. Our office will not mail ballots more than 40 days or less than five days prior to the election.
When you get the absentee ballot packet, follow all instructions on how to vote and return the ballot to the County Clerk's office. Your absentee ballots by mail must be postmarked by midnight on the day before the election and received within 14 days after the election. If you personally deliver to the County Clerk's Office, the ballot must be received no later than Election Day. A spouse, parent, child, sibling, or a licensed delivery service can personally deliver your ballot if the authorization form is completed by the voter and included with the ballot.
Any qualified voter may cast an absentee ballot in person at the Madison County Clerk's office not more than 40 days or less than one day prior to the election. For more information, call the Absentee Department at 618-692-6290.
The Madison County Clerk's office and other offsite voting locations offer early voting to any registered voter. Early voting commences 22 days prior to an election and ends five days prior to the election.
A spouse or direct relative (parent, child, brother or sister) can deliver your absentee ballot to the Madison County Clerk’s Office ONLY IF you fill out the following authorization form for personal delivery:ABSENTEE BALLOT DELIVERY AUTHORIZATION FORM (PDF)
Members of the Uniformed Services and their family members or U.S. citizens residing overseas whose last known address is in Madison County and wish to vote absentee may do so by completing and mailing an FPCA (Federal Post Card Application)* to Madison County Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 218, Edwardsville, IL 62025. By completing this application, you will automatically be sent an absentee ballot for one calendar year.
The County Clerk’s Office provides election judges to conduct in-person absentee voting to (registered) residents at those facilities who wish to vote. Voters must be a permanent resident registered at the nursing home address.
Illinois State Statute requires voters who are permanently disabled to complete an Application for Absentee Voter's 5 Year Identification Card form* along with an Affidavit of Attending Physician* in order to automatically be sent an absentee ballot application for every election within 5 years after we receive the application.
Click here* for an application, fill out the first page and have your doctor fill out the second page and mail it to:
Madison County Clerk
P.O. Box 218
Edwardsville, IL 62025
*These forms must be notarized
If you enter the hospital fourteen days or less before an election, you can have an absentee ballot brought to them. Contact our office at 618-692-6290 to find out more.