Illinois elections, 2012
|1 2012 Elections|
|2 Eligibility to Vote|
|2.1 Primary election|
|2.2 General election|
|3 Voting absentee|
|3.3 Military and overseas voting|
|4 Voting early|
|5 See also|
The state of Illinois held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:
- Signature filing deadline: December 27, 2011 & May 7, 2012 (Measures only)
- Primary date: March 20, 2012
- General election date: November 6, 2012
|On the 2012 ballot|| Click here for all |
November 6, 2012
|U.S. Senate||Preview Article|
|U.S. House (18 seats)|
|State Senate (59 seats)||Preview Article|
|State House (118 seats)|
|Ballot measures (1 measures)||Preview Article|
For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page
Elections by type
|Members of the U.S. House from Illinois -- Partisan Breakdown|
|Party||As of November 2012||After the 2012 Election|
For the state of Illinois, below is a glimpse of some of the local measures that have appeared or are scheduled to appear on ballots in 2012.
- City Electrical Proposition (November 2012)
- Mendota 289 Proposition (November 2012)
- Annawan Village Electrical Aggregation Question (November 2012)
- Wyanet Village Electrical Aggregation Question (November 2012)
- Tiskilwa Village Electrical Aggregation Question (November 2012)
- Lima Township Cemetery Tax Question (November 2012)
- Adams County Concealed Firearms Quesiton (November 2012)
- Quincy City Electrical Aggregation Questions, 7 (November 2012)
- Columbus Village Electrical Aggregation Question (November 2012)
- Coatsburg Electrical Aggregation Question (November 2012)
Eligibility to Vote
- See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections
Illinois uses a mixed/closed primary system. Voters can change parties each year, and could change party affiliation at polls or caucus. Voters must have registered to vote in the primary by February 21, 2012, which was 28 days before the primary took place. (Information about registering to vote)
- See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections
The deadline to register to vote is 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.
Note: Some states have a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election, but because this may fall on a weekend and Columbus Day is on Monday, October 8th, have extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.
- Voter ID info
- Residency requirements: Resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to election 
- Same-day registration: None
- 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.
- Illinois State Board of Elections "2012 Election Calendar," Accessed April 25, 2012
- Illinois Elections Division "Election Information: 2012 Calendar" Accessed May 7, 2012
- Illinois Elections Division "Election Information: Register to Vote" Accessed May 7, 2012
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voting Brochure," accessed December 18, 2013
- Illinois State Board of Elections, "Early Voting Brochure," accessed December 18, 2013