Illinois Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 9th (by mail)


Do First Time Voters Need ID?


Do All Voters Need ID?


Complete Illinois Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? No
Student ID accepted? Yes


What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • Copy of a current and valid photo ID,
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other federal, State, or local government document showing your name and address.
  • Lease or contract for residence
  • Government Document
  • Student ID: Along with either a copy of your contract or lease for your residence, or postmarked mail delivered to your current address.

Illinois Student Voter Info

Students who live in Illinois but move to another state for school, and who wish to establish or keep their Illinois voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. Illinois law requires voters to be “permanent residents of” Illinois and the election district in which they want to vote for 30 days preceding an election. Illinois courts have stated that in order to be a “permanent resident,” a voter needs a “permanent abode” and intent to remain at that abode. In practice, the state elections division lets students choose whether they want to register at their previous address or at their school address.

Illinois Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals currently incarcerated for any crime are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Persons formally incarcerated should re-register to vote.