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    Voter Registration in Illinois

    To participate in Illinois elections, you must register to vote with the Illinois Board of Elections. You may also obtain a voter registration form and register to vote through the IL Secretary of State (SOS) when you apply for a driver’s license.

    Voter Eligibility in Illinois

    To qualify for voter registration in Illinois, you must:

    * Be a U.S. citizen.
    * Be a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days.
    * Be at least 18 years old
       (If you are 17 years old, you may be able to vote in the General Primary election).
    * NOT be convicted of an offense and be in jail.
    * NOT be registered to vote in another state.

    Check Your Illinois Voter Registration Status

    You can check the status of your voter registration and find your polling place in IL by looking up your information on the Registration and Polling Place Information page.

    Register to Vote in Illinois

    You must register to vote at least 27 days before the next election.

    In Illinois, you can register to vote by mail, as well as in person at your county election authority. You can also process your voter registration at your local IL driver license office when you apply for a new driver’s license.

    By Mail

    To register to vote by mail in Illinois, you will need:

    •     A completed Illinois Voter Registration Application
      (Spanish-language version also available).
    •     Either a copy of your valid photo identification, such as your:
      •  Driver’s license.
      •  ID card.
      •  University ID card.  -  OR
    •  A copy of a document proving your residential address, such as your:
      • Current utility bill.
      • Bank statement.
      • Pay check.

    Send the above to your local election authority or to:

    State Board of Elections
    Voter Registration Department
    2329 S. MacArthur Blvd.
    Springfield, IL 62704

    Once your application is processed, you will be mailed an IL voter identification card.

    In Person

    To register to vote in person, visit the office of your local IL County Clerk or Board of Elections with:

        Proof of your identity, such as your:

    •  Driver’s license.
    •  ID card.
    •  University photo ID.

        Proof of your current IL residence, such as your:

    • Utility bill.
    • Pay check.
    • Bank statement.

    Once your form has been processed, your IL voter identification card will be issued.

    You can register to vote at the following locations:
       - County Clerk's Office
       - Board of election commissioner's Office
       - City and Village Offices
       - Township Offices
       - Precinct committeemen
       - Schools
       - Public Libraries
       - Military Recruitment Offices

    The following organizations may be entitled to register people to vote:
       - Some Labor Groups
       - Some Civic Groups
       - Some Corporations

    When applying for service at the following:
       - Driver's License Facilities
       - Department of Healthcare & Family Services
       - Department of Employment Security

    NOTE: You can also register to vote in person at your local Illinois DMV office when you apply for a driver’s license or ID card.

    Illinois Military or Overseas Voters

    If you’re an IL resident currently in active-military duty or residing overseas, you can register to vote in federal elections through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

    Just complete the Federal Postcard Application and submit it to your local election office.

    You can also register to vote online at the Illinois State Board of Elections website. The online system will allow you to also request absentee ballots for upcoming federal elections.

    Change Your Illinois Voter Information

    To update the name or address on your voter registration, you must re-submit the Illinois Voter Registration Application to your local Board of Elections office.

    If you changed your name more than 27 days before the election but have not re-submitted a voter registration form, you cannot vote unless you’re still living in the same precinct. If you are living in the same county, you must sign an affidavit at your polling place confirming your identity.

    Registration Deadline:

    Registration is open year round except:
       - During the 27 day period just prior to an election
       - During the 2 days after such election (1 day after in Chicago)

    Grace Period Registration is an extension of the period of time for a voter to register to vote, or to update their registration information. This Grace Period Registration extends registration from the normal close of registration up through the 7th day before the election.

    Party Affiliation: Illinois uses a semi-closed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may choose a single party ballot within the primaries, but voters registered for a party may only vote in their own party's primary.


    Online: Illinois Application for Absentee Ballots will be available here 40 days before each election.

    In person: Obtain an application from your election authority

    By mail: Obtain an application from your election authority

    Emergency Voting:
    Illinois offers grace period registration which extends the registration period up through the 7th day before the election. Once registered, a voter may cast a ballot during the grace period at the election authority, or by mail, at the discretion of the election authority.

    Other absentee ballot information:
    Absentee Absentee ballot applications have a certain deadline window to fall in.

    •  In person: Not more than 40 days or less than 1 day prior to the election
    •  By Mail inside the U.S.: Not more than 40 days or less than 5 days prior to the election.
    • By mail outside the U.S.: Not less than 30 days prior to the election to receive full ballot or less than 30 days prior to the election, but more than 10 days prior to the election to receive a Federal ballot only.

    Location and time: Mailed ballots must be postmarked before midnight the night before an election and must be received within 14 days of the election. Contact your local election authority for in person locations and hours.


    Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter may participate in early voting without further registration or qualifications. Illinois early voting procedures

    Other information for early voting: Election authorities may establish permanent polling locations. For exact locations and hours click here or contact your local election authority.

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