Types of Voting

Vote By Mail:

Voting by mail does not require a reason.
If you are a qualified voter, you may Vote By Mail. (A qualified voter is registered from the address of current residence with the name currently used.)
To Vote By Mail:
Call the Election Office at 309/345-3660 or
Write to: 55 West Tompkins St
P.O. Box 1387
Galesburg, IL 61402-1387
The law allows ballots to be mailed 40 days prior to an election within the U.S., 60 days overseas. Persons who register to vote by mail are required to show or mail a copy of ID with current name and address the first time they vote in the jurisdiction. A registered voter may request an application for a Vote By Mail Ballot by mail not more than 90 days nor less than 5 days prior to the date of the election. Upon receipt of the completed and signed application in the office of the election authority, a ballot will be mailed to the address requested. Sufficient time must be allowed for the voter to receive, sign and return the application no later than the Thursday before the election and to receive, vote and have the ballot envelope postmarked no later than Election Day. All ballots postmarked by Election Day will be counted if received within 14 days of the election.
There are provisions for persons hospitalized to vote an absentee ballot, if a friend, relative or licensed messenger service is available to hand carry the application and then the ballot. Please call the Galesburg Board of Elections at 309/345-3660 for details.

Early Voting

Any City of Galesburg voter who is registered from their current address and with their current name may vote early.
Early voting begins 40 days before an election and ends 1 day before that same election at the Election Office, 55 West Tompkins St, Galesburg. Once an early vote has been cast, the voter may NOT go to the polls on Election Day to change their vote.

Grace Period Voting

Registration closes 27 days prior to any election, to vote at the polls. You may make a change of address, change of name or register as a new voter in the city election office from 26 days through Election Day, however, if you wish to vote in the election you must vote the day you register. Qualifications for registration are:
  • you must be a resident of your precinct within Galesburg for 30 days by the date of the election,
  • you must be at least 18 years of age or 18 by the date of the next General Election, and
  • you must be a citizen of the United States
  • Two forms of identification are required to register. One must include your present address. This can be a driver's license, library card, credit card, personal check, utility bill, mail addressed to you at your current address, etc.
  • Grace period registrants may not vote at the polls, even if they decided not to vote the day in which they made a change of address, change of name or registered as a new voter during grace period.

Provisional Voting

The provisional ballot has the same candidates and referenda as a regular ballot. The provisional ballot is given to voters;
  • The voter’s name does not appear on the official list of eligible voters for the precinct in which the person seeks to vote and the person has refused to register;
  • The voter’s voting status has been challenged and a majority of the judges uphold the challenge; 
  • The voter did not provide identification when registering by mail and still can’t provide ID on Election Day;
  • A court order extends the time for closing the polls, and the voter votes during this extended time period;
  • The voter's name appears on the list of voters who voted during the early voting period, but the voter claims not to have voted during the early voting period;
  • The voter admits receiving a vote by mail ballot, but failed to return it to the election authority (or election judges); or
  • The voter attempted to register to vote on Election Day, but failed to provide the necessary documentation.
  • The election code allows two weeks for the election authority to determine whether the provisional ballots should be counted. The valid provisional ballots are then added to the Election Day count.
If you have any questions concerning the provisional ballot, please feel free to call the city election office at 309/345-3660.

Ballot Brought to the Curb

Any voter who is unable to enter the polling place may request to have a ballot brought to the curb by two election judges.  This request must be made at the Galesburg Board of Elections no later than the Monday before the election.
To apply for this service, please click here to print a request form.  The completed request should be mailed to:
     Galesburg Board of Election Commissioners
     City Hall, 55 W Tompkins Street
     P.O. Box 1387
     Galesburg, IL 61402-1387
However, it must be received no later than the day before the election.
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