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Illinois: Voter Guide
Voting Information // Illinois

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

There are no upcoming elections. Sign up for email or text notifications prior to important election dates.

Voting Qualifications

Not serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction
Not claim the right to vote anywhere else
Be a resident of Illinois at least 30 days before Election Day
United States Citizen
18+ Years of Age


In Person - 
Election Day with 2 forms of ID that indicate name and address
Mail - 
Postmarked 28 days before Election Day
Online - 
16 days before Election Day
In Person - 
Request ballot application 1 day before Election Day
Mail - 
Request ballot application 5 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Voted ballot due by Election Day
In Person - 
Between 1 and 40 days before Election Day

More Information

In a Primary Election you will be required to call for the ballot of the party for which you wish to vote. You may call for the ballot of any party conducting a primary and may change party from one primary to the next. Anytime a public question is submitted to the voters in a primary, the question will appear on the party primary ballots; however, you may vote the public question without declaring a party affiliation by requesting a Non-partisan ballot containing the question only.

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

If you’re not voting for the first time in Illinois, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by in person.

If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and didn’t provide your driver’s license number, state ID number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, a copy of a current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government documentation that shows your name and address, or a student ID and mail postmarked to you at your residence, you’ll need to provide one of these when you vote in person during early voting or on Election Day.