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Where to register

Amy Schlumpf Manion is Aurora
University's Deputy Registrar of
Voting. She can register you to
vote and answer any question you
have related to voting. The next
election that will be held in the
Aurora Election Commission
jurisdiction is the General Primary on March 18, 2014. The deadline to register to vote for that election is February 14, 2014. If you need to register to vote, stop by the Phillips Library after the election with 2 forms of ID (see below) during normal business hours (M-F, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm) to register.

 

Acceptable Forms of ID

  • driver's license
  • Social Security card
  • employee ID card
  • student ID card
  • credit card
  • library card
  • insurance card
  • Selective Service card
  • civic membership card
  • fraternal membership card
  • union membership card
  • professional association membership card
  • utility bill
  • checkbook
  • any piece of mail addressed to you and postmarked within the last 30 days
 

Grace period registration

If you miss the voter registration deadline, grace period registration is available. Please note: Grace period registration can be done at your local election authority office only and you must cast your ballot at the time you register or have a ballot mailed to you. If you register during grace period registration, you will not be able to vote at your regular polling place on Election Day. You must bring two forms of ID with you, one of which has the address that you are registering with on it (see list above for acceptable forms of ID). In Illinois, Grace period registration for the upcoming General Primary will be available from February 19, 2014 through March 15, 2014.

 

Online Voter Registration Coming July 1, 2014

"Quinn signs bill allowing online voter registration in Illinois," Chicago Tribune, July 17, 2013.

"Under the legislation, anyone with a valid driver's license or state identification card can go online to sign up to vote online beginning July 1, 2014. That’s the target date for the State Board of Elections to have the new system up and running."

 

Eligibility

To be eligible to vote in Illinois, a person must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be a resident of the precinct in which he or she plans to vote for at least 30 days prior to the next election;
  • not be under sentence in a correctional institution or jail (voting rights restored after completion of sentence);
  • provide two (2) form of identification (see below); at least one of which contains the person's current name and address.

Effective immediately: "a person who is 17 years old on the date of the primary election and who is otherwise qualified to vote, is qualified to vote at that primary, including voting absentee, grace period, or early voting ... with respect to that primary, if that person will be 18 years old on the date of the immediately following general elections." Citizens born on or before November 4, 1996 and meet the voter registration requirements may register to vote in the upcoming primary.

"I registered in high school or somewhere else; do I need to reregister?" In the state of Illinois, you only need to reregister if you change your address, change your name, or haven't voted for several elections. So you do not need to register each time there is an election unless you've moved, had a name change, or haven't voted in a while. If you can't remember if you registered to vote or not, click here: Am I registered to vote in Illinois?

 

Special circumstances for students

"Should I register to vote with my home address or my school address?"

By law, you may register with either (but not both), and there are advantages and disadvantages to either option.

Consider the following if you register with your school address:

  • You will be able to vote here on Election Day (nearly always on a Tuesday).
  • You will not be able to vote in your local elections (e.g. city mayor, your U.S. Representative)
  • You will need to reregister when you finish school and move (but you would have to do that if you move from your parents'/home address as well)

Consider the following if you register with your home address:

  • You will have to get home on Election Day to vote (nearly always on a Tuesday), or you will have to vote early or vote by absentee ballot before the election.
  • You will be able to vote in your local elections.
 

Am I Registered to Vote?

If you live in Illinois, you can always use the tool from the Illinois State Board of Elections to find out if you are registered in Illinois. If that tool does not work and you are not sure if you are registered to vote or not, you should contact your local election authority. Your election authority is usually your county clerk's office (with some exceptions). Some of the nearby election authorities are listed below. If yours is not listed, and you live in Illinois, click here to find contact information for your election authority. If you live outside of Illinois, you can use the tool at canIvote.org to contact your state's Secretary of State Office for more information, or contact Amy Schlumpf Manion, Deputy Registrar of Voting for Aurora University for assistance. 

State of Illinois

City of Aurora

Kane County (other than Aurora)

DuPage County

Will County

Kendall County

Dekalb County

Suburban Cook County

City of Chicago

McHenry County 

Lake County

Winnebago County

City of Rockford

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