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Illinois voter registration
- In Person: Election Day
- By Mail: Postmarked 28 days before Election Day.
- Online: 16 days before Election Day.
You can also register in person (and vote) at your local elections office during the "grace period." The grace period starts 27 days before Election Day and ends on Election Day. Grace Period Voting does NOT take place at your regular polling place. Grace Period Voting almost always happens at your Local Election Office. Contact your Local Election Office for more information.
- To register in Illinois you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Illinois and of your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election
- be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
- not be in jail for a felony conviction (but you can vote if you have completed your sentence)
- not claim the right to vote anywhere else
- Use our Register to Vote Tool to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Sign and date your form. This is very important!
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
- Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.
- If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility.
Illinois absentee ballots
- In Person: 1 day before Election Day.
- By Mail: 5 days before Election Day.
- Postmarked by Election Day and received by 14 days after Election Day.
- Any registered Illinois voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
- Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
- All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
- Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time -- simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Illinois early voting
- 40 days before Election Day.
- One day before Election Day.
Illinois voter ID
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, a copy of a current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government documentation that shows your name and address, or a student ID and mail postmarked to you at your residence, you'll need to provide one of these when you vote in person during early voting or on Election Day.
If you are voting by absentee ballot, you must provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID with your absentee ballot:
- Current and valid photo ID
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Lease or contract for residence
- Student ID & mail addressed to your residence
- Government document with the voter's name and address