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Register to Vote

Illinois offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Illinois by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election authority. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.


Who can register to vote?

  • To register in Illinois you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States

  • be a resident of Illinois and of your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election

  • be 18 years old to vote in a General Election or 17 years old to vote in a primary election if you will be 18 by the time of the General Election

  • cannot be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of conviction of any crime

  • not claim the right to vote anywhere else


Can I register to vote online?

  • Illinois offers online voter registration.

  • You should know: you need an Illinois driver's license or ID and a Social Security number to use Illinois's online voter registration system. If you don't have an Illinois-issued ID, you can still register by mail to vote.


Can I submit voter registration forms by mail?

  • Use the National Voter Registration Form

  • Print and fill out the  National Voter Registration Form.

  • Box 6 - ID Number: Your Illinois driver's license number or Secretary of State ID card number is required to register to vote. If you do not have a driver's license, at least the last four digits of your Social Security number are required. If you have neither, please write "NONE" on the form. A unique identifier will be assigned to you by the State. For people who do not have either of those items, and have not registered in Illinois before, a mail in registration form should be accompanied by a copy of other identifying information: you must send, with this application, either (i) a copy of a current and valid photo identification, or (ii) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If you do not provide the information required above, then you will be required to provide election officials with either (i) or (ii) described above the first time you vote at a voting place or by absentee ballot. A signature is required. If signature is missing from registration form, you will be notified that your registration is incomplete.

  • Box 7 - Choice of Party: Illinois does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. Illinois allows unaffiliated voters to publicly choose the party ballot they wish to vote on primary election day.

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  • Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.

  • Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.

  • Sign the form.

  • Send the completed form to your local election authority

  • If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes:

  • A current and valid photo identification or

  • A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.

  • More information here.


Can I register to vote on Election Day?

  • Illinois does offer in-person registration on Election Day.


Can I submit voter registration forms in person?

  • You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election authority for information on when and where to register to vote.

  • You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.

  • Learn more by visiting the Illinois State Board of Elections's website or contacting your local election authority.


To register to vote in Illinois you should provide:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

  • Your Illinois Driver’s License or State/non-driver ID Number


If you do not have any of these IDs, you can provide a copy of one of the following with your registration application:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID

  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address

  • Utility Bill

  • Government Check

  • Bank Statement

  • Paycheck that Shows your Current Name and Address

  • Valid Student ID and Mail Addressed to your Residence

You can alternatively provide one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration. Two forms of identification with at least one showing your current residence address are needed when you register in person.

General Election
November 8, 2022

Election Day Registration is available.

Voting Methods:

  • Overseas Absentee Voting

  • Election Day (Same Day) Voter Registration

  • Early Voting

  • Provisional Voting

  • Military Absentee Voting

  • Absentee Voting Without Excuse

  • Polling Place Voting


Have questions or need more information? Call 1-855-OUR-VOTE


What You Need to Vote

View your sample ballot by logging into the Secretary of State’s website, or contacting your county elections office

Contact information for the Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger

If you registered to vote in Illinois, you may be required to present a valid ID if you are voting for the first time or your registration is incomplete. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Lease or rent agreement

  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address

  • Current and Valid Photo ID

  • Utility Bill

  • Bank Statement

  • Valid Student ID and Mail Addressed to your Residence

  • Government Check

  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address

  • If a voter’s qualifications are challenged, the voter may be required to produce two forms of identification showing her current residence address. One of those forms of identification may be a piece of mail addressed to the voter at her current residence address.  Otherwise, voters may bring a witness who is registered to vote in that same precinct and who is willing to take an oath and say that the voter is qualified to vote there—and then the voter may vote. 

  • Some places may require that the voter present two forms of ID if she is on the inactive voter list.


If a voter is unable to show identification when required—if the voter registered by mail without providing identification, was successfully challenged, is on the inactive list, or is using Election Day Registration (EDR)—the voter is allowed to vote by provisional ballot.  BUT a voter should try to go back and get an ID before entering the polls, instead of voting with a provisional ballot, because provisional ballots are not always counted.

Key Dates and  Deadlines

Registration deadlines:

  • In person at designated location on Election Day: Nov 8

  • Online: Oct 23

  • By mail (postmarked by): Oct 11


Absentee ballot deadlines:

  • Request ballot: Nov 3

  • Return ballot by mail (postmarked by) : Nov 8

  • Return ballot in person: Nov 8


Voting deadlines

  • Early voting: varies by location

  • In-person: Nov 8

How do I contact my state election office?


  • State Board of Elections

  • 2329 S. MacArthur Blvd

  • Springfield, IL 62704

Phone Number:

  • 217-782-4141

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