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Illinois Voter Information Guide

Get registered - Know your rights
Make sure your voice is heard - Change Illinois
 

Need to register? Here's how.

REQUIREMENTS
  • Be a citizen of the United States

  • Be a resident of an Illinois precinct for at least 30 days

  • Be at least 18 years of age by election day (17-year-olds can vote in an Illinois Primary and register to vote in the General Election if they turn 18 years of age by Election Day)

  • Must not be currently convicted or incarcerated

  • If registering before a certified registrar (like at a polling place), you must present two (2) valid pieces of identification with at least one (1) showing a current address. Acceptable forms include:

    • Birth certificate

    • Credit card

    • Employee or student ID

    • llinois driver's license

    • Illinois state ID

    • Lease or rental contract

    • Mail postmarked to the applicant

    • LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card

    • Social security card

    • Utility bill in applicant's name

    • Valid U.S. Passport

 

 

Those with a previous criminal history or those who do not have Illinois driver's license or state ID can register to vote.

HOW TO REGISTER

Illinois offers three ways to register to vote:
 

  • Online: If you have a valid Illinois driver's license or state ID, you can register online using the Illinois Online Voter Registration Application.
     

  • By mail: If registering by mail, you must include two copies of valid identification with your application.

    • Available in English here

    • Available in Spanish here
       

  • In person: Each county is required to have at least one voting location where you can register in person. These locations include local offices, libraries, schools, and Secretary of State facilities. Your local election authority will have the most up-to-date information.​

DEADLINES

You can register to vote year-round in Illinois.
 

  • Normal Registration Period ends 27 days before the General Election.
     

  • Grace Registration Period begins after the Normal Registration Period and ends two days before the General Election.
     

  • Election Day Registration is available in select voting sites in each county. Your local election authority will have the most up-to-date information.​

 

Questions about registering?

I MAY BE REGISTERED TO VOTE ALREADY. HOW DO I CHECK IF AI AM REGISTERED TO VOTE?
DO I NEED TO HAVE A DRIVER'S LICENSE TO REGISTER?
DO I NEED A PHOTO ID TO REGISTER TO VOTE?
DO I EVER HAVE TO RE-REGISTER TO VOTE?
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM SUCESSFULLY REGISTERED TO VOTE?
I LOST MY VOTER REGISTRATION CARD. CAN I GET A COPY?
​In Illinois, accessible voting is the law.
If you face any challenges in voting or are unable to cast your vote,
report the issue to your local election authority or contact the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE
 

Know your rights before you vote.

FOR ALL VOTERS

You do not need to present a photo ID to vote in Illinois.

A poll worker should not ask you for any form of identification except in a narrow range of circumstances. You may need a form of identification if:

 

  • An Election Judge challenges your right to vote​.

  • If a poll worker thinks your signature does not look like the signature on file.

  • You registered to vote by mail and did not provide an Illinois driver's liscence/state ID number or your Social Security number.


If you are registering to vote in person or changing your registration address on Election Day, then you will need to bring 2 forms of identification.

 

Acceptable forms of identification include:

 

  • Passport or military ID

  • Driver's license or state ID card

  • College/ university/ school/ work ID

  • Vehicle registration card

  • Lease, mortgage or deed to home

  • Credit or debit card

  • Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card

  • Insurance card

  • Civic, union or professional membership card

  • LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card

  • Illinois FOID card​

  • First-class mail addressed to voter, such as:

    • Bill, transcript or report card from school

    • Bank statement, pay stub or pension statement

    • Utility, medical or insurance bill

    • Official mail from any government agency​

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

On Election Day, you can cast your ballot after the polls close if you are in line at the time listed as closing.
 

You may bring written or printed materials into the voting booth to assist you.
 

If you are wearing campaign clothing, buttons, or stickers, you may be required to remove or cover them. You may not display campaign signs, pamphlets, or other materials.
 

You can request up to two hours off of work to go and vote in Illinois if your work schedule prevents you from getting to the polls while they are open​​​.

ENCOUNTERING DIFFICULTIES?

You are entitled to a provisional ballot if:
 

  • You are denied the right to vote because you are challenged by an Election Judge;

  • Your name does not appear on the rolls; or

  • You do not have a form of ID


Be sure the poll worker gives you instructions about any steps you need to take in order to ensure that your ballot is counted. Learn more about provisional ballots at Illinois Legal Aid.

 

If you encounter difficulties trying to cast your vote, or need language assistance, you can call the National Election Protection Hotline:
 

 

Additional resources

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