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Illinois allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Illinois offers early voting.

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

How do I vote in person?

Vote on Election Day

Voters in Illinois can look up where to vote on Illinois's site.

Vote early

Illinois does offer early voting. Learn more about voting early in Illinois.

What to bring

If you've voted in Illinois before, you don't need to provide ID to vote.

If you're a first-time voter who registered by mail, and didn't provide your driver's license number, state ID number, last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or a copy of a current ID or government document that shows your name and address when you registered, you'll need to provide one of these when you vote. You will be required to provide one of the following:
  • copy of a current and valid photo identification
  • copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student ID and either a residential contract/lease or any postmarked mail delivered to your current residence address or other government document that shows your name and address

Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot. After voting provisionally, you will be told how to submit additional proof of registration to the election authority. The additional information must be received by the election authority no later than the close of business on the Tuesday following the election.

How do I vote by mail?

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election authority
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

Can I register to vote on Election Day?

Illinois does offer in person registration on Election Day.

What are key deadlines for the November 2022 election?

Registration deadlines

Absentee ballot deadlines


How do I see what's on my ballot?

Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.

How do I get help registering to vote?

TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more. If you’d like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

How do I vote if I'm in the military or live overseas?

Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your local election authority for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your local election authority may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your local election authority.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
  4. Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election authority.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your local election authority first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election authority.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Illinois. You can also call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683) or email vote@fvap.gov

How can I check my voter registration status?

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Illinois's voter registration lookup tool.

How do I contact my state election office?


Can I trust this information?

These guides are researched, written, and updated by Democracy Works, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization. The information in these guides originates from official state sources and is reviewed by state election offices. The guides also link to authoritative state and local resources to provide additional information.

How do I report an issue with the information provided on this page?

Email htv@democracy.works with questions, concerns or feedback about the voting information on this page.