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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Illinois, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Illinois Election Website or call (217) 782-4141 to learn more about your states voting details.

Don’t miss your next election!

Illinois will hold local, consolidated elections throughout 2021. Check with your local elections office for dates and to find out what is on your ballot.

Voter registration applications sent by mail must be postmarked by the 28th day before the election, or you can register to vote in-person during the "grace period" for 27 days prior to the election. If you have an in-state ID you may also register online. You can vote in person during early voting, on Election Day, or vote by mail in Illinois.

Your polling place hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Presidential Primaries

Illinois voters choose a party's ballot at the polls.  No party affiliation is required at registration. See Illinois Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Check with your local office

You can vote in-person at designated locations from for two weeks before the election. No excuse required.

To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than the Thursday before the election. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Election Day.

Absentee by-mail ballot requests open 90 days prior to any election. Applicants must apply for each election, no excuse required.


Voter ID + Access for Illinois

Do Voters Need ID?

  • No, voters do not need an ID
  • Student IDs accepted
  • ID needed to vote absentee

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.
  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
    • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.

    Have you been convicted of a felony?

    See what the registration laws are in your state below.

    Felon Re-Enfranchisement Laws

    Voting and attending college?

    Get information on how to vote from Campus Vote Project below.

    College Student Voting Info