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Voting in 2012 Primaries • Voting on November 6, 2012
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Illinois has a mixed primary system. The primary is closed, but voters can change parties each year. Voters may change party affiliation at polls or caucus.
To vote in Illinois, you must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a US citizen;
- Must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day;
- Must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
When and where
Registration is available all year round except during the 27 days prior to an election and the 2 days after each election. You can register by mail or in any of the following locations:
- County Clerk's Office
- Board of election commissioner's Office
- City and Village Offices
- Township Offices
- Precinct committeemen
- Public Libraries
- Military Recruitment Offices
Two forms of identification are required to register.
Voting on election day
Before being permitted to vote, an ID with your name and address is required. The IDs are not required to feature a photograph of the elector.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
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 40 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, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
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. The 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.