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 but this does NOT take place at your regular polling place. Grace Period Voting almost always happens at your Local Election Official's office. Contact your Local Election Official 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
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
Early voting begins 15 days before Election Day.
Early voting ends 3 days 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, 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.
Attach a copy one of the following forms of ID:
Current and valid photo ID
Lease or contract for residence
Student ID & mail addressed to your residence
Government document with the voter’s name and address
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:
Absentee in-person, which takes place at County Clerks' offices and
Traditional early voting at various locations in each county.
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 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.