Illinois Voting Process Available for Qualified Patients
Voters hospitalized 14 days or less before the Illinois general election are eligible and entitled to receive a ballot at all five Memorial Health System hospitals from a legal family member or someone who is registered to vote in the patient’s precinct. This is according to Illinois state election law.
“We will work with qualified patients to make sure this important right is available to them in a timely manner,” said Becky Douglas, MHS system administrator of Memorial Experience. “The patient’s physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant must fill out a form that attests to the patient’s reason for being in the hospital and confirms the patient is unable to go in person to the polling place.”
Forms are available from each hospital’s patient liaisons.
- Once form is filled out, a family member or registered voter who lives in same precinct as patient must take the form to the county clerk’s office for review, notarization and to receive the patient’s ballot.
- Family member or registered voter from same precinct as patient brings ballot back to the hospital to be filled out by patient.
- Family member or registered voter from same precinct as patient returns ballot to the county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Illinois state election law also applies to patients in nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. For more information about the voting process, contact the county clerk’s office.
Christian County (Taylorville Memorial Hospital): 217-824-4960
Logan County Clerk (Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital): 217-732-4148
Macon County Clerk (Decatur Memorial Hospital): 217-424-1333
Morgan County Clerk (Passavant Area Hospital): 217-243-8581
Sangamon County Clerk (Memorial Medical Center): 217-753-8683