Regular registration is open year round except during the 27-day period prior to an election and during the 2-day period after each election (1 day after in Chicago).
Registration during the grace period is only available “in person” at sites authorized by each election authority.
Online voter registration must be completed 16 days prior to the election.
Party Affiliation: In a Primary Election you will be required to call for the ballot of the party for which you wish to vote. You may call for the ballot of any party conducting a primary and may change party from one primary to the next.
Anytime a public question is submitted to the voters in a primary, the question will appear on the party primary ballots; however, you may vote the public question without declaring a party affiliation by requesting a Non-partisan ballot containing the question only.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: At least 18 years of age by election day; 17 years of age to vote in a General Primary Election if individual will be 18 by the General Election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must have been a resident of the precinct for at least 30 days prior to election day
ID Requirements: In person registration requires two forms of identification with at least one showing your current residential address.
Mailed registration requires one of the following:
- Submission of driver's license number;
- State ID card number;
- Last four digits of social security number; or
- Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address
- a copy of a current and valid photo identification
If none of the above are available, a person may also demonstrate sufficient proof of identity by submission of a photo identification issued by a college or university accompanied by either a copy of the applicant's contract or lease for a residence or any postmarked mail delivered to the applicant at his or her current residential address.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
In person: You can register to vote at the following locations:
- County Clerk's Office
- Board of Election Commissioner's Office
- City and village Offices
- Township offices
- Precinct committeemen
- Public libraries
- Military recruitment offices
- Locations specifically designated by the election authority
By mail/ in writing: Under federal law, citizens may apply to register to vote by mailing in an application. The applications are available at some public and private facilities where you live. Also, applications can be downloaded from the Illinois State Board of Elections website. When you apply for registration using the mail-in form, it must be postmarked prior to the close of registration.
By fax: Contact your local election authority for faxing options.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Phone: Contact your local election authority
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
Any qualified elector of the State of Illinois who is properly registered to vote
Any registered or non-registered member of the United States Armed Forces while on active duty, members of the Merchant Marines, and/or U.S. Government employee serving outside the U.S., as well as his/her spouse and dependent(s) who expect to be absent from their county of residence on Election Day
Any registered and non-registered citizen of the United States, temporarily out of the country and his/her spouse and dependent(s) of voting age when residing with or accompanying him/her
Any State or federal employee (and their spouse) who had a voting residence in the precinct at the time he/she entered employment, but who now resides elsewhere due to state or federal employment
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Military and overseas voting: Illinois Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) site.
Online (regular and Military overseas): Application for Vote by Mail
Absentee ballot applications have a certain deadline window to fall in.
In person: Not more than 90 days or less than 1 day prior to the election
By Mail inside the U.S.: Not more than 90 days or less than 5 days prior to the election.
By mail outside the U.S.: Not less than 30 days prior to the election to receive full ballot or less than 30 days prior to the election, but more than 10 days prior to the election to receive a Federal ballot only.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Military and overseas voters may start submitting absentee ballots 45 days prior to each election, while everyone else may start voting by mail 40 days prior to each election.
Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and must be received within 14 days of the election. Contact your local election authority for in person locations and hours.
Early voting qualifications: Registered voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason for wanting to vote early.
When and Where: Early voting begins 40 days prior to an election and ends at the end of the day before an election. Ballots are to be cast by personal appearance at the office of the election authority or at an Early Voting Center.
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Illinois registration verification and polling place finder
ID Requirements: If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time, either at the polling place, or by early voting, unless you submit with your mail-in registration form your driver license number or state ID number, the last four digits of your social security number, or one of the forms of ID listed above. Voters voting under the provisions of UOCAVA and the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act do not have to vote in person for the first time after having registered by mail. (HAVA 303[b][c]).