Voting In Illinois

GENERAL ELECTION (MIDTERM)
November 6, 2018
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
October 9, 2018
Limited Election Day Registration Available

 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Online Registration?

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.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Sixteen (16) days before any Election.

Voters may register to vote in-person after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

Paper Form Registration

Voters who want to find out about registering in-person, or who need more information can go HERE. Or they can contact their Election Authority Officials.

Registration Form (English)
Registration Form (Spanish)
Where to Mail Your Form

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
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.

Automatic Registration?

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.

Pre-Register Youth?

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.

VOTING

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.

Absentee Voting?

Vote-by-Mail has replaced Absentee Voting. See VOTE-BY-MAIL for more information.

Vote-by-Mail?

YES. All registered voters may choose to Vote-by-Mail. For more info on vote-by-mail, voters should go HERE. Or they can contact their Election Authority Officials.

Get a Vote-by-Mail Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE
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.

Early Voting?

YES. All registered voters may vote early In-Person at any site established for early voting by their Election Authority. Check HERE for more info.

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.

 

 

Student Voters

Students attending college in Illinois should visit the CAMPUS PROJECT for more information on registering to vote and voting in Illinois.

Military/Overseas

Military and Overseas Voters should go to the Federal Voting Assistance Program website for more information on registering to vote and voting in Illinois.

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 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.

 

 

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.