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Illinois

In Illinois, elections are overseen by the Illinois State Board of Elections.

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS:

https://ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx

 

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE:

https://ova.elections.il.gov/PollingPlaceLookup.aspx

 

REGISTERING TO VOTE IN Illinois:

  • Same Day Registration is available. (Bring two forms of ID.)

  • Mail-in registration must be submitted 27 days prior to an election. Online registration deadline may be later. Individuals who miss the deadline may be able to register in person at an election's office (grace period registration). People who moved during the 27 day period are allowed to register and vote a full ballot as long as they sign an affidavit.

  • Register online (with an Illinois ID), by mail (also available in Spanish), or in person. Online with driver’s license.

 

PRIMARY RULES:

  • Open Primaries, meaning any voter may choose to vote in any primary regardless of their party affiliation. Voters may only vote in one primary, however.

 

WAYS TO VOTE:

  • In Person on Election Day

  • Early (Days, times, and locations are determined by locality. Early voting generally begins October 22, 2018 for counties that have and goes until November 5, 2018. More information available here. Early Voting locations available here.)

  • By Mail (Requests must be received the day before Election Day if in person or three days before Election Day if by mail. Request forms and more information available here.)

  • Absentee (Military and overseas voters only, since all others can simply request ballots by mail. Information available here.)

 

Know Before You Go:

  • Voter ID is generally only required for some first-time voters and early voters.

    • Voters who register day of or voters who did not present ID when they registered may be required to present ID. These voters must present two forms of ID, at least one containing their address. Requirements are not stringent.

      • Acceptable forms of ID include: Illinois driver’s license or state ID card, employee or student ID, credit card;, Social Security card, birth certificate, utility bill in the voter’s name, mail postmarked to the voter, valid U.S. passport, public assistance ID card (such as Illinois Link card), lease or rental contract.

    • NOTE: Some places request voters present two forms of ID if they are on the inactive voter list.

  • Polling Hours: 6:00am - 7:00pm

  • State Board of Elections Hotline: (217) 782-4141