Instructions for voting

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  • How To: Register to Vote

    Voter registration requirements and deadlines. Register to vote

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    Find out how, where, and when to vote. How to vote

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Get Out The Vote!

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

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 6
  • Not be convicted and in jail for a felony
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 28–Nov 6

Sept 28 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 23–Nov 6 you may vote at permanent polling places other than your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners


Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

Polls are open 6 AM–7 PM.

Absentee ballot received by
November 3

Vote early
Sep 28–Nov 6

Sept 28 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 23–Nov 6 you may vote at permanent polling places other than your County Board of Elections or Board of Election Commissioners


Vote on Election Day
November 6

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 6
  • 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