GENERAL ELECTION (MIDTERM)
November 6, 2018
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
October 9, 2018
Limited Election Day Registration Available
ID required to register?
ID REQUESTED. Voters registering by mail are requested to provide their Illinois Driver's License or Non-Driver State ID Number, or the last four digits of their social security number. If the voter has never been issued either of these then they are requested to provide a copy of a current and valid Photo ID, or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows the voter's name and address.
Voters registering in person are required to provide two forms of ID with at least one showing their current residence.
Students may submit of photocopy of their Student Photo ID accompanied by either a copy of the student's rental agreement or any postmarked mail delivered to the voter's residence.
Voters who do not provide the requested ID may still register to vote but will be required to show proper ID at the polls when they vote.
ID REQUIRED to register to vote online. See ONLINE REGISTRATION for more info.
YES. Voters can register to vote or update their information 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 to register online.
Sixteen (16) days before any Election.
Voters may register to vote after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.
Paper Form Registration
By Mail: Postmarked twenty-eight (28) days before Election Day.
In-Person: Voters may register to vote after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.
Election Day Registration
LIMITED. After the registration deadline, "Grace Period Registration" is available at multiple sites authorized by Illinois Election Authority Officials. Check with your local Election Authority Official for locations and hours.
Voters may also register to vote at selected polling places on Election Day. Check with your local Election Authority Official for locations and hours.
Contact your state representatives and ask them to allow all Illinois voters to register to vote at their polling place on Election Day.
LIMITED. Voters who apply for or renew their Illinois Driver’s License or Non-Driver State ID at the Department of Drivers' Services will be given an opportunity to OPT-IN to register to vote or update their registration info.
NOTE: Beginning January 1, 2019, this will become 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.
LIMITED. A voter may register to vote if they will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election.
Contact your state representatives and ask them to allow voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16).
Have you moved?
YES. If voters move, but have not updated their address should be able to update their address and vote at their new polling place. Check with your Election Authority Officials to confirm.
Click HERE to find your polling place.
ID required to vote?
LIMITED ID REQUESTED. Voters voting for the first time who did not provide the requested ID when registering to vote will be requested to provide ID from a list of approved IDs: a current and valid photo identification, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, lease or contract for residence, student ID and mail addressed to voter’s residence or government document.
Voters who do not provide the requested ID may vote a Provisional Ballot.
Vote-by-Mail has replaced Absentee Voting. See VOTE-BY-MAIL for more information.
By Mail (INSIDE the U.S.): Received five (5) days before any Election.
By Mail (OUTSIDE the U.S.): Received thirty (30) days before any Election.
In-Person: The day before Election Day.
BEGINS: Forty (40) days before Election Day.
ENDS: The day before Election Day.
Youth Vote in Primary?
YES. Registered voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before Election Day may vote in the preceding Primary Election.
Students attending college in Illinois should visit the CAMPUS PROJECT for more information on registering to vote and voting in Illinois.
Military and Overseas Voters should go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website for more information on registering to vote and voting in Illinois.
Voters convicted of a felony will have their right to vote automatically restored after:
- completing their term of incarceration
• 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
• Voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
Voters With Disabilities
Voters with disabilities should go HERE for more info.