Voting in Illinois

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Illinois permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. First-time voters in Illinois who registered by mail and did not provide identification are required to do so at the polls. Identification is also required for any early voter.

For full information about voting in Illinois, contact the state election agency.


Illinois utilizes a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party's ballot they will vote on at the primary election.[1]

To vote in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements:[2]

  • Must be a US citizen;
  • Must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day; 17 years of age to vote in a General Primary if individual will be 18 as of the following General Election;
  • Must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.[3]

—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:[2]

  • County Clerk's Office
  • Board of election commissioner's Office
  • City and Village Offices
  • Township Offices
  • Precinct committeemen
  • Schools
  • Public Libraries
  • Military Recruitment Offices
  • Driver’s License Facilities
  • Department of Healthcare & Family Services
  • Department of Employment Security[3]

—Illinois State Board of Elections

Two forms of identification are required to register, one of which displays your current address.

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of May 2015, Illinois is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

Generally, no form of identification is required in order to vote at the polls on Election Day. New voters who did not provide proof of identity at the time of registration may be required to present identification at the polls. Early voters must present photo identification at the polls.[4]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Illinois all polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time.[5]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Illinois. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[6]


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.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

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.[7] 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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Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Illinois.

  1. Illinois Governor Recall Amendment (2010)

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