Voter Registration in Illinois

Voter Registration in Illinois

To participate in Illinois elections, you must register to vote with the Illinois Board of Elections. You may also obtain a voter registration form and register to vote through the IL Secretary of State (SOS) when you apply for a driver’s license.

Voter Eligibility in Illinois

To qualify for voter registration in Illinois, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be a resident of Illinois for at least 30 days.
  • Be at least 18 years old (if you are 17 years old, you may be able to vote in the General Primary election).
  • NOT be convicted of an offense and be in jail.
  • NOT be registered to vote in another state.

Check Your Illinois Voter Registration Status

You can check the status of your voter registration and find your polling place in IL by looking up your information on the Registration and Polling Place Information page.

Register to Vote in Illinois

You must register to vote at least 27 days before the next election.

In Illinois, you can register to vote by mail, as well as in person at your county election authority. You can also process your voter registration at your local IL driver license office when you apply for a new driver's license.

By Mail

To register to vote by mail in Illinois, you will need:

  • A completed Illinois Voter Registration Application (Spanish-language version also available).
  • Either a copy of your valid photo identification, such as your:
    • Driver's license.
    • ID card.
    • University ID card.
  • A copy of a document proving your residential address, such as your:
    • Current utility bill.
    • Bank statement.
    • Pay check.

Send the above to your local election authority or to:

State Board of Elections
Voter Registration Department
2329 S. MacArthur Blvd.
Springfield, IL 62704

Once your application is processed, you will be mailed an IL voter identification card.

In Person

To register to vote in person, visit the office of your local IL County Clerk or Board of Elections with:

Once your form has been processed, your IL voter identification card will be issued.

NOTE: You can also register to vote in person at your local Illinois DMV office when you apply for a driver's license or ID card.

Illinois Military or Overseas Voters

If you're an IL resident currently in active-military duty or residing overseas, you can register to vote in federal elections through the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Just complete the Federal Postcard Application and submit it to your local election office.

You can also register to vote online at the Illinois State Board of Elections website. The online system will allow you to also request absentee ballots for upcoming federal elections.

Change Your Illinois Voter Information

To update the name or address on your voter registration, you must re-submit the Illinois Voter Registration Application to your local Board of Elections office.

If you changed your name more than 27 days before the election but have not re-submitted a voter registration form, you cannot vote unless you're still living in the same precinct. If you are living in the same county, you must sign an affidavit at your polling place confirming your identity.

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