Illinois

42% of 18-29 year olds voted in Illinois in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 6, 2020 by mail or October 18, 2020 online in order to be eligible to vote in the 2020 General Election. However, if you miss these deadlines, Illinois offers in-person grace period registration.

Check Registration Status

Check your Illinois voter registration status here.

 

Eligibility

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.

Deadline

The deadline to register vote in Illinois for the General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 6, 2020 if you choose to register by mail and October 18, 2020 if you choose to register online. If you miss these deadlines, Illinois does offer grace period registration in-person at designated locations.

Voter Registration Process

In Illinois, you may register online, in-person, or by mailing in a printable application.

  • Illinois automatically registers eligible individuals to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles and other designated automatic voter registration agencies.
  • Further voter registration information for Illinois can be found here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 election.

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Illinois offers early and absentee by-mail voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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 by October 29, 2020 by mail. The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot in-person is November 2, 2020.
  • Your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked by November 3, 2020, and recieved by November 17, 2020 in order to be counted.
  • Further by-mail voting information for Illinois is listed here.

Early Voting

Illinois offers early voting.

  • Early voting for the November 3, 2020 General Election begins on Sepetember 24, 2020. Further information about early voting based on your location 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 for the 2020 election.

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