Next Election for

Illinois General Election

Tuesday, November 6th

Election Today!

How do I vote?
28 days ago

Registration deadline

40 days ago

Early voting begins

1 day ago

Early voting ends

What is this Election?

General elections are held to determine which candidates are elected into office.

How to Register

Register to Vote in Illinois

When do I need to register to vote in Illinois?

The voter registration deadline has passed, but Illinois has same-day registration!

What if I miss the registration deadline?

Illinois offers same-day registration which allows you to both register and vote on the same day, even if you missed the registration deadline.

There are special locations set up for grace period voters.
Find yours by using the grace period locations tool.

How do I register to vote in Illinois?

Illinois has online voter registration, which makes this process very easy.

Estimated time: 2 minutes

Register to vote in Illinois

Because the registration deadline has passed, you will have to bring your completed registration form to a grace period voting location.

Am I already registered to vote?

Who can register to vote in Illinois?

To register as a voter in Illinois, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Illinois
  • Have lived in your precinct at least 30 days prior to the election
  • Be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Not be incarcerated for a felony conviction
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else
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Where do I vote on Election Day?

On Election Day, you can cast your ballot at your designated precinct voting location.

To find yours, visit the Illinois Polling Place Finder.

All polling places in Illinois are open from 6:00am to 7:00pm Central Time

Can I vote by mail?

Any registered voter in Illinois can request an absentee ballot to vote by mail!

Vote by mail in Illinois by requesting an absentee ballot.

Absentee ballot requests must be received by November 1st,
and returned no later than November 6th.

I'm in college away from home, which state do I vote in?

You can either register to vote in Illinois or the state you're attending school in — but not both!

I'm not in the US right now, how do I vote?

If you are a military voter or a United States citizen living abroad, you should request an overseas absentee ballot.

Can I vote before Election Day?

Yes! Skip the lines and vote early in Illinois. If you're going to be busy, out of town, or otherwise occupied on Election day, this is the best time to vote.

Early Voting period is between Thursday, September 27th and Monday, November 5th.

Find your Illinois early voting location.

What ID do I need to vote?

Unless you're voting in Illinois for the first time, you likely do not need to provide ID to vote.

If you're voting for the first time, voting by mail, or did not provide ID with your voter registration, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck or paystub

These documents must be current and contain your name and address.

What if I have a disability?

Several bills have been passed to ensure voters with disabilities still have reasonable access to privately cast their vote in Illinois.

If you require assistance, contact your local election authority.

Visit the AAPD Voter Resource Center to learn more about voting with a disability.

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Dates and deadlines can change at any time

Get election reminders in Illinois! We'll only send you about 6 emails per year.

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Still have questions?

Questions, suggestions, corrections, or feedback? Get in touch!

You can also contact the Illinois Secretary of State for questions about the election.

Website: Illinois Elections Office
Phone: (217) 782-4141

Having problems at the polls?

Voting is your right. Don't let anyone take it away. Experiencing Voter intimidation? Overzealous voter ID checks? Being turned away from voting? Faulty equipment?
Call the Election Protection Hotline for assistance.

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