VOTING IN ILLINOIS
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)
Registration Form (Spanish)
Where to Mail / Deliver your form

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Postmarked twenty-eight (28) days before Election Day
In-Person: No deadline, but there are less places to register during the twenty-seven (27) days before Election Day.

NOTE: Voters may register in person after the deadline. See GRACE PERIOD REGISTRATION for more info.

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your Election Authority Officials

Online Registration

Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register online, voters must have a valid Illinois Driver's License or non-driver State ID and the last four digits of their social security number.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Sixteen (16) days before Election Day

NOTE: Voters may register in person after the deadline. See GRACE PERIOD REGISTRATION for more info.

Grace Period Registration

After the traditional voter registration period has closed, voters may register in person during "Grace Period Registration" at sites designated by Illinois Election Authority Officials.

Voters may also register to vote at selected polling places on Election Day.

For hours and locations:
• Check the Official State Website
• Contact your Election Authority Official

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will allow voters to register at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

All eligible state residents who apply for a driver’s license, an examination permit, a probationary driver’s license or a non-driver identification card will be registered to vote unless they opt-out.

NOTE: Beginning July 1, 2019 voters who interact with the Employment Security, Natural Resources, Financial & Professional Regulation, and Department of Human Services agencies may choose to OPT-IN to register to vote or update their registration info.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election may register to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

If a registered voter has moved within the state of Illinois but has not updated their voter registration information.

SAME Precinct WITHIN 27 Days of Election Day
Voters can vote at their new polling place after signing an affidavit.

NEW Precinct, SAME County/Municipality (WITHIN 30 days)
Voters can vote at their old polling place after signing an affidavit.

NEW Precinct, SAME County/Municipality (MORE than 30 days)
Voters can only vote for Federal offices after completing an address correction form.

NEW County/Municipality (MORE than 30 days)
Voters must complete a new registration form or they may not be able to vote.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

Address Confidentiality Program

The ACP in Illinois is currently not funded and cannot be implemented. Ask your state representatives to fund the ACP in order to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes from offenders who use public records, such as voter registries, to locate them.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

All registered voters may vote early in-person at their election authority office or an Early Voting Center.

BEGINS: Forty (40) days before Election Day
ENDS: The day before Election Day

For hours and locations:
• Check the Official State Website
• Contact your Election Authority Official

Vote-by-Mail

All registered voters in Illinois may choose to Vote-by-Mail.

Get a Vote-by-Mail Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE
By Mail (INSIDE the U.S.): Received five (5) days before Election Day
By Mail (OUTSIDE the U.S.): Received thirty (30) days before Election Day
In-Person: The day before Election Day

For more info on Voting-by-Mail:
• Check the Official State Website
• Contact your Election Authority Official

Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting is known as vote-by-mail in Illinois. See VOTE-BY-MAIL for more information.

Do you need Voter ID?

Some voters may be asked to present an ID from an approved list of IDs.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the required ID may vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter registered by mail, but did not provide ID
• the voter is marked as having voted early
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote has been challenged
• the polling time has been extended
• their name has been marked for receiving an vote-by-mail ballot

NOTE: Voters will be given instructions on what to do afterwards. Voters needing to provide ID will have until the Tuesday after Election Day to submit it to their Election Authority Official.

Check Provisional Ballot Status

Polling Hours

6:00am to 7:00pm, Central Time Zone

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 7:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Voters are not required to register with a party to participate in the party primaries, but they do have to publically choose one party's ballot to vote. This is considered a public declaration and can be challenged by other voters.

Youth Vote in Primary?

YES. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a General Election may vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
VOTING

College Student

Students from out-of-state attending college in Illinois, or students who already live in Illinois but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a felony will have their right to vote automatically restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration

NOTE
• Voters awaiting trial, or on probation and/or parole may register to vote and vote.
• Voters on a prison furlough or work release program cannot register

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Voters With Disabilities

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.