REGISTERING TO VOTE IN ILLINOIS

TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN ILLINOIS YOU NEED TO:

  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Be a resident of the jurisdiction at least 30 days prior to the election.
  • Be 18 before the next general election (17 year olds can register and vote in the primary if they will be 18 before the Election Day).

That’s it! You can vote in Illinois regardless of previous criminal history, or if you’re lacking certain identification like a driver’s license.


ARE YOU REGISTERED? CHECK HERE 

Even if you  think you are registered to vote, check to make sure your registration has not been mistakenly removed without your knowledge.

If you encounter problems with your registration contact the Illinois State Board of Elections

Need to change your registered address? Find more information here: https://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/PDF/registervote.pdf


IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY REGISTERED: 


REGISTRATION OPTIONS: 

Illinois offers three different options for registering to vote.


REGISTRATION DEADLINES:

In Illinois, you can register as late as Election Day. Here are some ways to register:

  • NORMAL REGISTRATION PERIOD: ends 27 days before the election and begins two days after the election
  • GRACE PERIOD REGISTRATION: end of the normal registration period until two days before the election
    • You can register at your county’s election office, or the Chicago Board of Elections, if you live in Chicago. Research where you can register in your county during this period.
  • ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION: select locations in your county
    • On Election Day each county is required to have at least one location where you can register. Check with your local election authority about what locations offer Election Day Registration.

VOTING OPTIONS

Illinois offers both mail in voting and early voting for those wishing to cast a ballot early. 


KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHILE VOTING IN ILLINOIS

  • You need not present a photo ID to vote on election day except in a narrow range of circumstances. You may need an ID if:
    • An Election Judge challenges your right to vote
    • You registered to vote by mail and did not include an driver's license number, a state ID number, or a social security number
    • If you are also registering to vote or changing your registration address on the day that you vote
  • On Election Day, you can cast your ballot after the polls close if you are in line at the time listed as closing
  • You may bring written or printed materials into the voting booth to assist you
  • You may not display partisan materials at the polling place, including campaign clothing, stickers or buttons 
  • You can request up to two hours off of work to go and vote in Illinois, if your work schedule prevents you from getting to the polls while they are open
  • If you are denied the right to vote because you are challenged by a judge, your name does not appear on the roles, or you do not have ID (in the few circumstances where ID is required) you are entitled to a provisional ballot, which will be examined after the election and may or may not be counted.  Learn more about provisional ballots here: https://www.elections.il.gov/downloads/electioninformation/pdf/provvotingil.pdf

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