Voter Registration 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 or Consolidated Election
- Not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction
- Not claim the right to vote anywhere else
You must register to vote at least 28 days before the election you wish to vote in, or you can register during early voting or on Election Day (see more under “Election Day Registration”).
Illinois Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Illinois but have not yet registered, you can register and vote during Grace Period registration, which begins on the 27th day before the election. You can register during the Grace Period at the office of the election authority or at a permanent polling place established by the election authority. You can also register at any early voting location beginning 15 days before the election, at some polling places on Election Day, or at another specially-designated location.
You can pre-register to vote in Illinois if you if you will turn 17 by the next primary election and 18 by the next general election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Illinois does restore the right to vote once you are no longer serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Illinois
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 in Illinois.
To request a vote by mail ballot in Illinois, complete the mail ballot application and return it to your local election authority by mail or in person. The paper version of the application must include your original, non-digital signature.
To return your Illinois vote by mail ballot, mail it back or return it in person to your local election authority.
Early Voting In Illinois
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 must declare their party affiliation at their polling place and will receive one political party's ballot; however, this has no bearing on how a voter may vote in future primaries and is not considered party registration.17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Illinois
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
- 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.
Additional Illinois Resources
Your State Election Official
Illinois State Board of Elections Chair
Charles W. Scholz
Phone number: 217.782.4141