ILLINOIS

Requirements to vote:

  • 18 years old on or by Election Day.

  • US citizen.

  • Resident of an Illinois precinct for 30 days before Election Day. 

  • Cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else.

  • If you have been incarcerated for a felony, your sentence must be completed before voting.

How do I Register:

  • In the state of Illinois, you can register to vote online, via mail, or in person.

  • To register online, go to https://ova.elections.il.gov/. If you are registering to vote for the first time, you must provide a photocopy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms include a valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport), a current utility bill, a current bank statement, or another government document containing your residential address.

    • The deadline to register online is 16 days before Election Day.

  • To register via mail, fill out a voter registration form at https://www.vote.org/state/illinois/ and mail it to your country clerk. If you are registering to vote for the first time, you must provide a photocopy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms include a valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport), a current utility bill, a current bank statement, or another government document containing your residential address.

    • Your form must be postmarked 28 days before Election Day.

  • To register to vote in person, contact or visit your county clerk’s office. You will also have the opportunity to register to vote or update your address at your DMV when you register your car, get a driver’s license, or renew your registration/license.

    • There is no deadline to register in person.

  • You do not have to declare a party affiliation, but if you would like to vote in the primary election, you can only vote on one ballot.

  • If you have legally changed your name or moved to a new address, you must notify your town or city clerk immediately so that they can update your file. You can also update your registration at https://ova.elections.il.gov/


Can I pre-register?

  • You can pre-register if you are 17 years old and will be 18 by Election Day.

  • You can vote in the primary election, even if you are still 17, as long as you’ll be 18 by the general election.

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