State of Illinois Voting Requirements

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office
  • on Election Day - contact your local elections office to confirm locations where same day registration is available in your area

You must have resided in your precinct at least 30 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote.

Grace period registration is an extension of the regular registration deadline from the 27th day prior to an election through Election Day. Grace period registration is only available at sites authorized by each election authority.

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 6am until 7pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

A registered voter may cast a ballot prior to Election Day at the office of the election authority or at an Early Voting Center. Contact your election office to inquire about early voting options in your area for specific elections.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

You are eligible to vote in Illinois if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Illinois
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
*You can vote vote in a Primary Election at the age of 17, if you will be 18 by the time of the General Election.

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Illinois if:

  • You reside in Illinois but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Illinois

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Illinois you should provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Illinois Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number

If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Valid Student ID and Mail Addressed to your Residence

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Two forms of identification with at least one showing your current residence address are needed when you register in-person.

Voting In-Person

If you registered to vote in Illinois, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Valid Student ID and Mail Addressed to your Residence
  • Government Check
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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