If you do not have an Illinois Drivers License or an Illinois State ID, you will need to register by mail or in person.
The last day to register to vote for the General Election is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. After this date, Grace Period Voter Registration is available (see below).
To be eligible to vote in Illinois, a person must:
The next election that students registered with an on-campus address are eligible to vote in is the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
"I registered in high school or somewhere else; do I need to reregister?" In the state of Illinois, you only need to re-register 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.
"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:
Consider the following if you register with your home address:
If you need to register to vote in person, you will need two of the following forms of ID, one of which shows your current address.
If you miss the voter registration deadline, grace period registration is available. Please note: Grace Period Voter Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 and end on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Please be aware if you choose to register or update your registration during the grace period it can only be done in person at the office of your election authority, and you must cast your ballot at that time.