Voter registration requirements for Illinois:

Q.Voter registration requirements for Illinois:
A.
  • 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.

For more information on voting in Illinois visit the Illinois State Board of Elections

Need to register or change your address?

Q.Need to register or change your address?
A.
  • Even if you  think you are registered to vote, check to make sure your registration has not been mistakenly removed without your knowledge. Check here.

REGISTER:

NEED TO CHANGE YOUR ADDRESS?

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

 

Registration options:

Q.Registration options:
A.

Illinois offers three different options for registering to vote.

ONLINE REGISTRATION:

MAIL IN REGISTRATION:

IN PERSON REGISTRATION: 

  • The locations available to register can change depending on the proximity to the election when you register to vote. Find out more information below.
  • In person registration is available in at least one location of every county the day of the Election.

Registration deadlines:

Q.Registration deadlines:
A.

Find the deadlines for the November 2020 Election here.

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

NORMAL REGISTRATION PERIOD:

GRACE PERIOD REGISTRATION:

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:

Q.Voting options:
A.

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

VOTE BY MAIL:

EARLY VOTING:

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY:

Know your rights while voting in Illinois:

Q.Know your rights while voting in Illinois:
A.
  • You need not present a photo ID to vote in Illinois. A poll worker should not ask you for ID 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 provide ID
  • 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
  • If you are wearing campaign clothing, buttons, or stickers, you may be required to remove or cover them. You may not display campaign signs, pamphlets, or other materials
  • 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 rolls, or you do not have ID (in the few circumstances where ID is required) you are entitled to a provisional ballot. Be sure the poll worker gives you instructions about any steps you need to take in order to ensure that your ballot is counted. Learn more about provisional ballots here: https://www.elections.il.gov/VotingAndRegistrationSystems/ProvisionalBal...

IF YOU, OR ANYONE YOU KNOW, ENCOUNTERS PROBLEMS WHILE VOTING CALL: 1-866-687-8683 (866-OUR-VOTE).

Get more information here.