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PRIMARY ELECTION: TUESDAY, MARCH 17

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 locations for Chicago residents will be released in early February and be accessed by clicking the link below.  For other Cook County residents, early Voting begins as early as Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  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 Vote.org. 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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Make your voice heard in our union’s endorsement process!

by Beth Camplain | Dec 13, 2019
RSVP TODAY for your Regional PAC meeting.
RSVP TODAY for your Regional PAC meeting

The 2020 General Election will be vitally important, and it starts with the March 17th Primary Election. Elected officials make important decisions about our schools, colleges, and universities, state services and programs, and our workplace rights – so it’s important that we evaluate their positions and support the candidates who best reflect our members’ input, values, and needs.


To do that, the IFT uses a democratic Political Action Committee (PAC) process to make candidate endorsement recommendations for Federal, state, and legislative offices.

IFT PAC meetings are held in 18 regions around the state and are open to all members. At these meetings, participants review voting records and questionnaires and conduct interviews to determine where each candidate stands on important issues. Then, each Regional PAC makes endorsement recommendations to the union’s Statewide PAC committee. (Learn more about the process here.) 

Your voice is critical! To take part, call 217.544.8562 and RSVP for your Regional IFT PAC meeting. In the last election cycle, attendance at IFT PAC meetings increased by an incredible 600 percent. Let’s keep it going!

Meetings begin as soon as December 17 and continue through January 22. View the schedule, then plan to attend the meeting in your area to help determine which candidates deserve our union’s support.

Call 217.544.8562 to RSVP today!

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