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GENERAL ELECTION: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6

Am I Registered to Vote?

Find out if you are registered to vote.


Register to Vote
Making your voice heard at the ballot box is easier than ever before on the Illinois Online Voter Registration Application website. Visit the site to learn about the voter registration requirements, then click on the application tool to begin the registration process.

Illinois residents may also register in person at their local office of the election authority, at driver's license facilities, or with deputy registrars who are appointed in each jurisdiction.
To register you will need:
  • Your Illinois Driver’s License number or state issued ID number
  • Date the license or ID was issued
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Your birth date
If you do NOT have a Illinois Driver’s License or state issued ID number, you may register by using the State Board of Elections' paper based Voter Registration Application Tool.


Early Voting
You may vote early in person, no excuse required.

Early Voting begins as early as Thursday, September 27 and goes through Monday, November 5. Anyone can vote early, and no ID is required. However, it's always a good idea to bring an ID with you if you have one.


Absentee Voting
Absentee voting may take place in person or by mail. Contact your election authority for a list of the locations and office hours.

Military and overseas voters should visit FVAP.gov. Long Distance Voter's forms and information should only be used by voters with US mailing addresses.

The IFT urges all members to make sure their voice is heard by voting early, voting absentee, or voting in person on Election Day.


Student Voting
As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

Another resource for students and first-time voters is provided by the Community for Accredited Online Schools and is available here. Find helpful information for every step of the voting process, from registering to researching candidates to casting your ballot. 


17-Year-Olds
A new law that permits 17-year-olds to participate in Illinois primary elections, as long as they will be 18 by the November general election.

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It all comes down to tomorrow. Please VOTE.

by Beth Camplain | Nov 05, 2018
Tomorrow is the most important election of our lifetimes, and I urge you to VOTE!
It’s been another long election season. We’ve been inundated with ads, phone calls, fliers, and news articles about the candidates and the issues. But tomorrow is the most important election of our lifetimes, and I urge you to VOTE!
 
The choice in this election is crystal clear. We have the opportunity – and the responsibility – to elect individuals who will stand up for our unions, public education, and workers.
 
From JB Pritzker for governor and Kwame Raoul for attorney general, to congressional candidates Sean Casten (IL-6), Brendan Kelly (IL-12), Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (IL-13), and Lauren Underwood (IL-14), to dozens of key legislative candidates, our union has thoroughly vetted and endorsed women and men who share our values. They have committed to listening to our concerns and working with us, not against us. (View a printable list of IFT-endorsed candidates here.)
 
That is in stark contrast to the last four years under Bruce Rauner.

As IFT members, we know too well how Rauner held our state budget hostage to his unpopular political agenda for more than two years. In the process, he shuttered programs for our neediest citizens, sent tens of thousands of Illinois college students to other states, and forced layoffs of thousands of workers. He advocated for cuts to public pensions, vetoed a bill to increase the statewide minimum teacher salary, and still hasn’t paid our public employees more than two years of back pay they are owed, despite the court ordering him to do so. To add insult to injury, he originally brought the Janus case in Illinois in an obsessive attempt to destroy our unions and take away our voice.
 
Illinois cannot afford four more years of Bruce Rauner’s failed leadership. And we can’t afford to elect candidates who share Rauner’s views and will continue his anti-worker agenda. 
 
As a longtime teacher and proud IFT member, I know that when we stand up – and speak out – for our values, we can have a tremendous impact. That is why each of us must exercise our right to vote.
 
If you haven’t already cast your ballot, I urge you to VOTE tomorrow, November 6th. Polls are open statewide from 6am – 7pm. Find your polling place here.
 
I thank you, in advance, for taking part in this important election. Together, we will ensure that our state and our students have a brighter future beginning Nov. 7th!
 

In Solidarity,

Daniel J. Montgomery
IFT President

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