FAQ's - Voter Registration
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IIf you have a valid Illinois driver's license or state ID, you can register online in about 5 minutes. (That link takes you to the Illinois Board of Elections registration home page. All voters in the state of Illinois have to register to vote there).
If you have don't have an ID, scroll down for other options for registering to vote.
Voting information is handled by each election authority, not the state board of elections. If you want information about getting an absentee ballot, finding a ballot dropbox, or locating your Election Day polling place, go to the website for your own election jursidiction.
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How do I register to vote online?
Go to the Illinois State Board of Elections website. This method requires either a valid IL Driver's License or a valid IL State ID. (If you don't have one of these, you can register by mail. See the next question).
At the IL Board of Elections website, you can:
look up your registration status, if you think you might already be registered
verify your eligibility
register to vote online
Online registration will close for 2 weeks prior to the Illinois Primary; so if you want to vote in that election, your last chance to register online is midnight on June 12, 2022. (Online voter registration will re-open on June 30, for people who want to vote in the General Election on November 28)
How do I register to vote by mail?
Visit the Illinois Board of Elections website and download the mail-in registration form. Print it, fill it out, and send it in. It's available in both English and Spanish. (Scroll down to where it says Click here to view the English/Spanish document)
Your voter registration application must be postmarked no later than 28 days before the next election. The Illinois Primary is onJune 28, 2022; so make sure your voter registration application is postmarked by May 31, 2022.
NOTE: Registering to vote by mail is not the same thing as requesting a vote by mail ballot. That is a separate application. See Questions about How to Vote for more information about voting by mail.
Am I eligible to vote in Illinois?
To vote in Illinois, you must:
be a US citizen
be 18 years old
If you're 17, but you will be 18 by the time of the General Election (the next General Election in Illinois is November 8, 2022), then you can vote in the Illinois Primary, happening on June 28, 2022. You can register to vote as soon as you turn 17, if you will be 18 by the Nov 8th, 2022 Election Day.
be a resident of the precinct for more than 30 days prior to election day.
If you are a felon, you can probably still register to vote in Illinois. See below.
If you are unhoused, you can still register to vote in Illinois. See below.
Should I provide my email address when I register?
YES!!! Illinois has adopted a robust system for communication with voters via email. This is especially useful if you decide to vote by mail; but you will also receive email communications about your voter registration status if you provide your email address.
Can I register to vote in Illinois, even if I'm a felon?
YES! If you have completed your sentence, you may vote in Illinois.
If you are awaiting trial, you may vote in Illinois. In fact, Cook County Jail provides a polling place.
If you are out on bond awaiting trial, you may vote in Illinois.
The only time your right to vote is suspended in Illinois is if you are in prison, fulfilling a sentence.
Here's more information from the ACLU about voting if you've got a criminal record.
How do I register to vote if I am unhoused?
Can I still register even though the election is today?
YES! Illinois is a very progressive state, that wants all of its citizens to vote. For that reason, we offer same-day registration. Here's all you need to do:
Find your polling place at the Illinois OVA website - OR - go to a mass polling place. There's one at 69 W Washington, and many more all over the city.
Bring two IDs, one of which shows your name at the new address. (your lease, a utility bill less than 30 days old, a piece of US mail addressed to you) The other ID can be any of the following: (passport, social security card, FOID card, driver's license, state ID, student ID, public aid ID card, credit card, birth certificate
I moved - do I have to update my voter registration information?
I changed my name - do I have to update my voter registration information?
Yes. Do that by re-registering, using any of the methods described on this page.
How close to an election can I register?
To register by online, you have to do it 2 weeks before Election Day. So to vote in the Illinois Primary on June 28, 2022, you have to register by midnight on June 12, 2022.
To register by mail, your application has to be postmarked 28 days before the election. So to vote in the Illinois Primary on June 28, 2022, it has to be postmarked by May 31, 2022.
To register in person, you can do that at any polling place, at the same time as you vote. You can do this on Election Day at your assigned polling place in your precinct; or, you can do it at any mass polling place anywhere in your jurisdiction.
Illinois State Board of Elections PDF download explains all the options and dates.