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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.

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Important Dates - General Election

General Election Date
Online Registration Deadline
In-person Registration Deadline
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for Illinois

Don’t miss your next election!

Voter registration applications sent by mail must be postmarked by Oct. 6th, or you can register to vote in-person during the "grace period" from Oct. 7th to Nov. 3rd. If you have an in-state ID you may also register online through Oct. 18th. You can vote in person during early voting, on Election Day, or vote by mail in Illinois.

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.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 19th to Nov. 2nd

You can vote in-person at designated locations from Oct 19th to Nov. 2nd before the election. No excuse required.

To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 29th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by Election Day.

Due to COVID-19, the state will mail absentee ballot applications to all active voters. If you are a new voter, have not voted since 2016, or did not receive an application in the mail, click here to access the application.

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

Request Absentee Ballot

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.