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Early Voting: Thurs Sept 24, 2020 - Mon Nov 2, 2020

Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday Oct 6, 2020

Voter Registration "Grace Period" Wed Oct 7, 2020 - Election Day

Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Nov 3, 2020

Voting in illinois

Who Can Register in Illinois

To register to vote in Illinois, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Live in your election precinct for at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • Be at least 17 years old by the Primary Election and turn 18 by the General Election
  • Not be serving a sentence of confinment in any penal institution
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else

Where to Vote in Illinois

You can search for your polling place here.

Vote-by-mail & Absentee

No excuse is needed to vote by mail.

Early Voting

Illinois offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins the 40th day before the election and ends the day before the election.

Primary Elections In Illinois

Illinois has closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.

Voter ID Requirements

ID is not required to vote in Illinois. However, if you are registering to vote during Grace Period registration, you must provide two forms of ID. If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and didn't provide a copy of your ID or your social security number, you must present ID (showing your name and address) at the polls.

Valid forms of ID include:

  • A current and valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Lease or contract for residence
  • Student ID and mail addressed to voter’s residence
  • Other government document
If you are required to show ID at the polls but do not bring it, you can vote a provisional ballot and submit additional information to the election authority later. The additional information must be received by the election authority no later than the close of business on the Tuesday following the election. The election authority has 14 days following the election to determine voter eligibility, and thus if the ballot should be counted. The provisional voter may find out if their ballot was counted, or if it was not counted, the reason that it was not counted. If the ballot is not counted, the provisional voter affidavit will be used as a registration application and the voter will be sent a voters registration ID card.