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Online Voter Registration Now Available!

Online Voter Registration!

 

Online Voter Registration Requires:

  1. Your Illinois Drivers License or Illinois State ID number.
  2. Date the license or ID was issued.
  3. The last four digits of your social security number.
  4. Your birth date.

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).

Am I Registered to Vote?

Illinois Residents:

Still not sure you are registered to vote?

Non-Illinois Residents:

Eligibility

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

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General Election;
  • 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);
  • not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

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. 

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.

Acceptable Forms of ID

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.

  • 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 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.