Illinois Voter Info

The general election is Nov 3, 2020
Illinois, here’s all the info you need to know!

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Important Dates to know, Illinois!

New Voter Registration Deadline

Thu Oct 29, 2020

Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Tue Oct 6, 2020

Early Voting

At Election Authority Office as of Thu Sep 24, 2020
At Permanent Polling Places as of Mon Oct 19, 2020
Early Voting ends Mon Nov 2, 2020

Can I Vote by Mail? (Absentee)

Postmarked by Tue Nov 3, 2020
Post received by Tue Nov 17, 2020
Thu Oct 29, 2020
In-Person Request by Mon Nov 2, 2020

Any registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Am I eligible to register to vote?

You are eligible to vote in Illinois if you:
  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Illinois
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:
  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Can I vote if I have a record?

Individuals currently incarcerated for a felony are ineligible to vote. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.

I am a college student. Where do I register to vote?

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.

Will I need ID?

To register to vote in Illinois you should provide:
  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Illinois Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number
If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Valid Student ID and Mail Addressed to your Residence
If you registered to vote in Illinois, you may be required to present valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:
  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Valid Student ID and Mail Addressed to your Residence
  • Government Check
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address

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Illinois Voter Info

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