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Voter Registration in Illinois
To participate in Illinois elections, you must register to vote with the Illinois Board of Elections. You may also obtain a voter registration form and register to vote through the IL Secretary of State (SOS) when you apply for a driver’s license.
To qualify for voter registration in Illinois, you must:
* Be a U.S. citizen.
Check Your Illinois Voter Registration Status
Register to Vote in Illinois
You must register to vote at least 27 days before the next election.
In Illinois, you can register to vote by mail, as well as in person at your county election authority. You can also process your voter registration at your local IL driver license office when you apply for a new driver’s license.
To register to vote by mail in Illinois, you will need:
Send the above to your local election authority or to:
State Board of Elections
Once your application is processed, you will be mailed an IL voter identification card.
To register to vote in person, visit the office of your local IL County Clerk or Board of Elections with:
Proof of your identity, such as your:
Proof of your current IL residence, such as your:
Once your form has been processed, your IL voter identification card will be issued.
You can register to vote at the following locations:
The following organizations may be entitled to register people to vote:
When applying for service at the following:
NOTE: You can also register to vote in person at your local Illinois DMV office when you apply for a driver’s license or ID card.
Illinois Military or Overseas Voters
If you’re an IL resident currently in active-military duty or residing overseas, you can register to vote in federal elections through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
You can also register to vote online at the Illinois State Board of Elections website. The online system will allow you to also request absentee ballots for upcoming federal elections.
Change Your Illinois Voter Information
If you changed your name more than 27 days before the election but have not re-submitted a voter registration form, you cannot vote unless you’re still living in the same precinct. If you are living in the same county, you must sign an affidavit at your polling place confirming your identity.
Registration is open year round except:
Grace Period Registration is an extension of the period of time for a voter to register to vote, or to update their registration information. This Grace Period Registration extends registration from the normal close of registration up through the 7th day before the election.
Party Affiliation: Illinois uses a semi-closed primary system. Unaffiliated voters may choose a single party ballot within the primaries, but voters registered for a party may only vote in their own party's primary.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Illinois Application for Absentee Ballots will be available here 40 days before each election.
Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter may participate in early voting without further registration or qualifications. Illinois early voting procedures
Other information for early voting: Election authorities may establish permanent polling locations. For exact locations and hours click here or contact your local election authority.
Page Last Updated: Aug 09, 2014 (15:35:48)