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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your Illinois driver’s license or state ID card number, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, and the date your driver’s license or state ID card was issued.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

elections.il.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check box for “apply to register to vote in Illinois”

Steps 2–9 · Provide your name, home address, mailing address, former registration address (if applicable), former name (if applicable), date of birth, and sex

Step 10 · Provide your driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

  • If you don’t have one of these, include either a copy of a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
  • If you don’t submit an ID with your application, you’ll have to provide ID the first time you vote

Step 11 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Mail your completed form by Oct 11 to this address:

Illinois State Board of Elections
2329 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

For faster processing, mail your form to your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners.


Check if you’re registered to vote

elections.il.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the voter registration form at your State Board of Elections’ office, County Clerk’s office, or Board of Election Commissioner’s office.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check box for “apply to register to vote in Illinois”

Steps 2–9 · Provide your name, home address, mailing address, former registration address (if applicable), former name (if applicable), date of birth, and sex

Step 10 · Provide your driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number

  • If you don’t have one of these, include either a copy of a current and valid photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
  • If you don’t submit an ID with your application, you’ll have to provide ID the first time you vote

Step 11 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Check if you’re registered to vote

elections.il.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live in the district in Illinois in which you want to vote by Oct 9
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be convicted and in jail for a felony
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
Online
October 23

Mail
October 11

In Person
November 8

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 29–Nov 7

Sept 29 is the first day that you can vote at office of your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners or at temporary polling locations set up at the discretion of your election authority

Oct 24–Nov 7 you may vote at permanent polling places other than your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 6 AM–7 PM.

Who can vote by mail

Any voter who is properly registered to vote may apply for a vote by mail ballot

However, if you registered to vote by mail and are a first-time voter, you must vote in person the first time unless you submitted one of the following on or with your mail-in registration form:

  • Driver’s license number
  • State ID number
  • Last 4 digits of your Social Security number
  • Copy of a current and valid photo ID
  • Copy of a utility bill
  • Copy of a bank statement
  • Copy of a government check
  • Copy of a paycheck
  • Copy of a lease or contract for residence
  • Copy of a student ID & mail addressed to your residence
  • Copy of a government document with the voter’s name and address


1. Get the vote by mail ballot

Download and print the vote by mail ballot application (the application will be available on Aug 10). You can also request a vote by mail ballot application in person or by mail from your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners. Some also have online applications.


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Fill out the form by providing the following information: your name, that you’re eligible to vote in the election for which you’re requesting a vote by mail ballot, your home address, the length of time you have lived at the address, and the address where you want your ballot mailed

Step 2 · Sign and date the form

If your county provides online applications, a signature is not required

3. Return the application

Return your application to your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners.

Your application must be received by mail by Nov 3 or in person by Nov 7


4. Vote
The ballot must be placed into the certification envelope. The certification envelope must be completed, signed, and sealed
Absentee ballot received by
November 3

Vote early
Sep 29–Nov 7

Sept 29 is the first day that you can vote at office of your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners or at temporary polling locations set up at the discretion of your election authority

Oct 24–Nov 7 you may vote at permanent polling places other than your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 6 AM–7 PM.

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Illinois. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at an Illinois address
  • Not be convicted and in jail for a felony
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state

In person ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Illinois, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by in person.

If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and didn’t provide your driver’s license number, state ID number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or a copy of a current ID or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you’ll need to provide one of these when you vote in person during early voting or on Election Day.


By mail ID requirements

Attach a copy one of the following forms of ID:

  • Current and valid photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Lease or contract for residence
  • Student ID & mail addressed to your residence
  • Government document with the voter’s name and address

Frequently Asked Questions

In most cases, no. Disabled voters, nursing home residents, and care facility residents can use the sign up to automatically received absentee ballots for five years at a time.  Contact your  Local Election Official if you are interested in learning more.
Illinois offers two forms of early voting:

  1. Absentee in-person, which takes place at County Clerks’ offices and
  2. Traditional early voting at various locations in each county.

Learn more on our Early Voting page.

Yes. If you register to vote in person you must show two forms if identification, including one which shows your current Illinois address. If you register to vote by mail, you can meet the ID requirements by putting your Illinois driver’s license number or Illinois state ID card number on the form. If you don’t have either of those, include a copy of a current and valid photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address.You can also meet the ID requirements by showing a photo ID issued by an Illinois college or university AND a copy of your Illinois lease or any postmarked mail delivered to the your at your current residence address.
No. You can only vote by absentee ballot in Illinois if you’ve already met the voter ID requirements.
If you are admitted to a health care facility (hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center) less than five days before the election, you can apply for an emergency absentee ballot. The form is called the Application for Ballot for Qualified Voter Admitted to Hospital, Nursing Home or Rehabilitation Center.

You must contact your Local Election Authority to request this form.

You must complete the application and your physician must complete and sign the Certificate of Attending Physician section of the application.

After the form is completed and signed by you and your physician, a registered voter from your precinct or your relative can then hand deliver the application toyour Local Election Authority. The county election authority will provide the absentee ballot to the person who delivered your application. Once you receive the ballot, vote the ballot in secret and complete the certification on the absentee ballot return envelope. Give your voted absentee ballot back to the person who delivered your application.

This person must return your voted ballot to your Local Election Authority.

Illinois has strict timelines in which to apply for your absentee ballot:

  • Absentee By-Mail – Not more than 40 days nor less than 5 days prior to the election
  • Absentee In-Person – Not more than 40 days nor less than 1 day prior to the election.
  • Absentee By-Mail – Not more than 40 days nor less than 5 days prior to the election
  • Absentee In-Person – Not more than 40 days nor less than 1 day prior to the election.