Voting in
Illinois

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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.

Have more questions about voting?

Read our voting FAQ

Important Dates - General Election

11/03/2020
General Election Date
10/18/2020
Online Registration Deadline
11/03/2020
In-person Registration Deadline
10/06/2020
Mail Registration Deadline

Voting Information for Illinois

Don’t miss your next election!

Illinois has multiple options for voter registration for the Nov. 3rd general election. You may register to vote by mail through Oct. 6th, or in-person during the “grace period” from Oct. 7th to Nov. 3rd. Voters with in-state IDs may also use the online system to register through Oct. 18th. If you would prefer to vote-by-mail, you must submit an application for each election, no excuse required.

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.

Find Your Representatives

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 (click here) no later than Oct. 29th. 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.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Eligibility for Illinois

Do Voters Need ID?

  • No, voters do not need an ID
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

Voter Rights

Find out more about your rights in Illinois.

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.