Registering to Vote in Illinois
- Must be a U.S. 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
Registration is open year round except:
*During the 27 day period just prior to an election
*During the 2 days after such election (1 day after in Chicago)
Where can I register to Vote:
*County Clerk’s Office
*When applying for services at the Driver’s License Facilities
You will need to re-register if you have moved or changed your name
No Reason Needed to Vote Early
*Illinois Voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason or an excuse for wanting to vote early.
Grace Period Registration
*Grace Period Registration is an extension of the period of time for a voter to register to vote, or to update their registration information. Ballot must be cast same day.
In even-numbered years the General Election shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November and an election to be known as the General Primary Election shall be held on the 1st Tuesday in February.
In odd-numbered years, an election to be known as the Consolidated Election shall be held on the first Tuesday in April except; when the consolidated election conflicts with the celebration of Passover, that election shall be postponed to the first Tuesday following the last day of
Health Care Facilities
If admitted to a health care facility (hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center) NOT MORE than 14 days before the election shall be entitled to personal delivery of an absentee ballot subject to the following conditions:
~Any qualified voter who has been admitted to a hospital due to an illness or physical injury not more than 14 days before the election.
~Any person who is registered to vote in the same precinct as the hospitalized voter or any legal relative of the hospitalized voter or any legal relative of the hospitalized voter may present such voter’s absentee ballot application to the election authority. Such precinct voter or relative shall execute and sign an affidavit furnished by the election authority attesting that he is a registered voter in the same precinct as the hospitalized voter or that he is a legal relative of the hospitalized voter and stating the nature of the relationship. Such precinct voter or relative shall further attest that he has been authorized by the hospitalized voter to obtain his absentee ballot from the election authority and deliver such ballot to him in the hospital.
~Upon receipt of the hospitalized voter’s application, physician’s certificate, and the affidavit of the precinct voter or the relative, the election authority shall examine the registration record to determine if the applicant is qualified to vote and, if found to be qualified, shall provide the precinct voter or the relative the absentee ballot for delivery to the applicant in the hospital.
~Upon receipt of the absentee ballot, the hospitalized voter shall mark the ballot in secret and subscribe to the certifications on the absentee ballot return envelope. After depositing the ballot in the return envelope and securely sealing the envelope, such voter shall give the envelope to the precinct voter or the relative who shall deliver it to the election authority in sufficient time for the ballot to be delivered by the election authority to the proper precinct polling place before 7 p.m. on Election Day.