FAQ's - Voting
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Register to Vote Online Now
If 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 a state ID, there are other ways to register to vote. Click here for our registration FAQs
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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When is the next election and who's on the ballot?
The next election in Illinois is the Primary, on June 28, 2022. Early Voting and Voting By Mail will happen for several weeks before that. The General Election (the "mid-terms") is on November 8, 2022.
There are many resources to learn about which candidates are on your ballot for each election. Some are non-partisan resources and some explicitly endorse candidates. Here are just a few:
https://IllinoisVoterGuide.org (this is a resource produced by the League of Women Voters of Illinois)
How do I vote by mail?
Each election clerk around the state administers their own elections. Therefore, the process for requesting a mail-in ballot will vary depending on where you live in Illinois. There is some general information provided on the Illinois Board of Elections website.
If you live in Chicago, you can get vote by mail information here. (nothing will be available until spring 2022)
If you live in suburban Cook County, you can get vote by mail information here. (nothing will be available until spring 2022)
How do I find my polling place?
Each election clerk around the state administers their own elections, and this includes polling places. You'll need to go to the website for your own county or jurisdiction to find out where you can vote.
If you live in Chicago, you can find your polling place here. (Note that polling places might be different in 2022 than they were in 2020, because of covid and other considerations.) Early polling places will be available here, as of May 2022.
In suburban cook county, you can find your polling place here, both for Election Day and for Early Voting. (Note that polling places might be different in 2022 than they were in 2020, because of covid and other considerations.) This was the list of early polling places around Cook County for the 2021 election. These may change for the 2022 elections.
How do I find a ballot dropbox?
This information will become available closer to the June, 2022 primary.
When are the polls open?
All polls in the State of Illinois are open from 6am to 7pm. This includes Election Day as well as all days of Early Voting in a given jurisdiction.
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 vote in Illinois. See below.
If you are unhoused, you can still vote in Illinois. See below.
Do I need ID to vote in Illinois?
Nope! Illinois is a very progressive state, that wants all of its citizens to vote. For that reason, we don't make you go through the hassle of obtaining, finding and bringing an ID just so you can exercise your Constitutional right to vote.
UNLESS ... this is your very first time voting in the State of Illinois. Then the answer is maybe, and it depends on what method you used to register. See the next question for more info.
This is my very first time voting in Illinois - do I need to show ID?
It depends on how you registered to vote. To be safe, bring 2 forms of ID: Note that neither one of them has to be a photo ID.
something that has your current address on it, meaning the address where you're registered to vote (lease or mortgage, utility bill less than 30 days old, any piece of US mail addressed to your name and address within 30 days)
any other form of ID (passport, social security card, bank statement, paycheck, FOID card, driver's license, state ID, student ID, public aid ID card, credit card, birth certificate - even your shiny new voter ID card that you just recently got!)
If you provided your valid IL driver's license or State ID when you registered (for example, if you registered online), AND the state Board of Elections was able to match that number to one at the DMV database, then you will not need to show ID at the polls. This is true even if the claimed registration address does not match the DMV address. (People find this surprising, but it's true.)
How do I vote if I live overseas, or am serving in the military overseas?
Can I still vote, if I'm unhoused?
What forms of ID are acceptable at the polling place?
If you have supplied your drivers license or state ID number, on the online OVA website or on a mail-in application, you probably will not be asked to show ID (even if it's the first time you vote.)