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Voting and Elections: Voting in Illinois

Information about national, state, and local elections in the United States, including voter registration and identification requirements, voting rights, polling places, and other resources.


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Requirements to Vote in Illinois


• Must be a U.S. Citizen;

• Must be 18 years old to vote in a Consolidated or General Election or 17 years of age to vote in a Consolidated Primary or General Primary if the individual will be 18 by the time of the Consolidated or General Election.

• Must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.


Regular registration is open year-round except during the 27-day period just prior to an election, 16 days prior to the election for online registration, and during the 2-day period after each election (1 day after in Chicago).

Grace period registration is an extension of the regular registration deadline from the 27th day prior to an election through Election Day. Grace period registration is only available “in-person” at sites authorized by each election authority.

WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE? County Clerk's Office, Board of Election Commissioner's Office, City and Village Offices, Township Offices, Schools, Public Libraries, Military Recruitment Offices, Locations specifically designated by the election authority, Online.

From the Illinois State Board of Elections

ID Requirements

WHAT FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION MAY BE NEEDED WHEN REGISTERING TO VOTE? Two forms of identification with at least one showing your current residence address are needed when you register in -person. If you register by mail , sufficient proof of identity is required by submission of your driver's license number or State identification card number. If you do not have either of those, verification by the last 4 digits of your social security number, a copy of a current and valid photo identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address will be required. A person may also demonstrate sufficient proof of identity by submission of an identification card issued by a college or university accompanied by either a copy of the applicant's contract or lease for a residence or any postmarked mail delivered to the applicant at their current residence address.

From the Illinois State Board of Elections

Polling Places

Find your polling place at your County website or the Illinois State Board of Elections.

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