Voting in Illinois
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For full information about voting in Illinois, contact your state election agency.
To vote in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements:
—Illinois State Board of Elections
When and where
Registration is available all year round except during a period from 28 days prior to an election to the two days after the election. You can register online, by mail or in any of the following locations:
—Illinois State Board of Elections
Two forms of identification are required to register, one of which displays your current address.
As of January 2015, Illinois is one of the 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.
Voting on Election Day
First-time voters who registered by mail and did not supply any form of identification will need to do so at the polls before they vote.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Illinois. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office between 90 and five days prior to the election if sent by mail. If applied for in person, it must be received no later than the day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked no later than midnight the night before election and received no later than 14 days after the election.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Illinois is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on the third day prior to the election. Electors who vote early will be required to show identification. The nationwide average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
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Elections in Illinois
- Illinois elections, 2016
- Illinois elections, 2015
- Illinois elections, 2014
- Illinois elections, 2013
- Illinois elections, 2012
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and "Top Two"," accessed January 22, 2015
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Registering to Vote in Illinois," accessed January 3, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Illinois Board of Elections, "Illinois Voter Information," accessed January 24, 2013
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "2014 Election and Campaign Finance Calendar," accessed January 3, 2014
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting Brochure," accessed December 18, 2013
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Early Voting Brochure," accessed December 18, 2013
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