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Voting in Illinois

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Am I Eligible To Vote in Illinois?

To register to vote in the State of Illinois, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age by Election Day;
  • Be a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • Not be convicted and in jail
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else

Voter Registration Options in Illinois

You have the following 3 options to register to vote in Illinois:

In Person

You can go to register in person in any of these places.

Check The Locations Where to Register

By Mail

Under federal law, citizens may apply to register to vote by mailing in an application.

Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form


Plus registration is available online and through deputy registrars.

Click here to Register Online

How Do I Know I'm Registered?

  • Consider yourself registered when- and only when- you receive an acknowledgment from your county clerk.
  • Never assume you are registered to vote until you have received this acknowledgment.
  • Call your county clerk and inquire about the status of your application.
  • Check your voter registration status online by visiting this site

Voting Options in Illinois

You have the following 3 options to vote in Illinois:

In Person

The polls are open from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Each voter must vote at his/her precinct polling place.

Click here to locate voting locations

Voting By Mail

Any qualified elector of the State of Illinois who is properly registered to vote may apply for a vote by mail ballot.

Click here to download the Mail-in Ballot

Early Voting

Registered voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason for wanting to vote early.

Click here to locate early voting locations

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