Regular registration is open year round except during the 27-day period just prior to an election and during the 2-day period after each election (1 day after in Chicago).
Grace period registration is an extension of the regular registration deadline from the 27th day prior to an election through Election Day. Grace period registration is only available “in person” at sites authorized by each election authority.
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 if individual will be 18 as of the following 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
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Any qualified elector of the State of Illinois who is properly registered to vote may apply for a vote by mail ballot.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Military and overseas voting: Illinois Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) site.
Other absentee ballot information:
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
Location and time: 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.
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 below. 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.
- A current and valid photo identification
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Lease or contract for residence
- Student ID & mail addressed to voter’s residence
- Government document
The above listed forms of ID must show your name and address and must be
presented to the election officials before being permitted to vote. If you do not
present a required form of identification either at the time of submitting your
mail-in registration or at the time of voting, you may vote a Provisional Ballot.
How to Vote:
- Optical scan
Verifying provisional ballot status: Contact your local election authority
Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your local election authority.