23% of 18-29 year olds voted in Illinois in 2022*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

The Illinois voter registration deadline is October 8, 2024 for mailed applications. Online voter registration applications will be accepted until October 20, 2024.

Check Registration Status

Check your Illinois voter registration status here.



In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, be a resident of an Illinois precinct for at least 30 days prior to Election Day, be 18 years old by Election Day, not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction, and not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

  • If you are 17 years of age, you may vote in a Primary Election so long as you will be 18 years old by the date of the subsequent General Election Day.
  • College students do have a choice of whether they want to vote in Illinois or vote in their home state. You may only be registered and vote at one location.


The deadline to register to vote in Illinois for the General Election by mail is October 8, 2024 and via online is October 20, 2024.


Voter Registration Process

There are three methods of voter registration in Illinois: online, mail in a printable application, or in-person.

  • Illinois automatically registers eligible individuals to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles and other designated automatic voter registration agencies. Voters may also register to vote in grace period registration, beginning 27 days prior to an election (October 9, 2024) and ending 3 days before the election (November 2, 2024), but if they do so, they must vote in the office of an election authority or absentee/ by- mail.
  • Further voter registration information for Illinois can be found here.

This page was last updated July 17, 2023.

Questions? Contact us here.

Illinois offers in-person, by-mail, and early voting in the 2024 general election.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

All registered Illinois voters are eligible to vote by mail. Click here to access Illinois’ absentee voting application.

  • Requests for a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by the Election Authority 5 days prior to Election Day by mail. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot in-person is the day before Election Day.
  • Your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked with the date of Election Day, and recieved 14 days after in order to be counted.
  • Further by-mail voting information for Illinois is listed here.

Early Voting

Illinois offers early voting.

  • More information or early voting in Illinois can be found here.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.


Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 6am-7pm.

  • Illinois does not require you to present a form of ID in order to cast a ballot under normal circumcstances. However, if you registered to vote by mail and did not submit any ID with your registration, you must show one of the following forms of ID when you vote: a current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, a bank statement, a government check, a paycheck, a lease or contract for residence, a student ID and mail addressed to voter’s residence, a form of government document.
  • Further Illinois voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated July 17, 2023.

Questions? Contact us here.