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 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. 

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.




IFT Statement on JB Pritzker's election win

by Beth Camplain | Nov 06, 2018
On behalf of the IFT, I want to congratulate JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton on their overwhelming win in the governor’s race.
CHICAGO - Tonight, Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery released the following statement about JB Pritzker’s election as governor of Illinois.

“On behalf of the IFT, I want to congratulate JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton on their overwhelming win in the governor’s race. Their victory is a victory for our schools, our communities, and all working people in our state.

By electing JB Pritzker as governor and Juliana Stratton as lieutenant governor, Illinois voters sent a crystal-clear message – Bruce Rauner’s divisive, extreme agenda failed us all for four years.

In Pritzker, voters have elected a governor who will bring people together, not tear them apart. One who will fight to amplify the voice of working people, not silence it. And one who will work to lift up every Illinoisan, not just the 1 percent.
The IFT was proud to have been the first teachers’ union to endorse JB and Juliana. Across the state, our members and staff have worked tirelessly to help them win this critical election. Tonight, I’m excited to say that those efforts paid off and that Illinois will be the better for it.

Our union looks forward to working with our new governor and lieutenant governor as they begin the hard work necessary to put our state back on the right path. I have no doubt that they can get it done.”

The Illinois Federation of Teachers represents 103,000 teachers and paraprofessionals in PreK-12 school districts throughout Illinois, faculty and staff at Illinois’ community colleges and universities, public employees under every statewide elected constitutional officer, and retirees.
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