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Register to Vote in Illinois

 How to Register to Vote in Illinois

This article describes How to Register to Vote in Illinois for United States Elections. Illinois offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Illinois by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

How to Register to Vote in Illinois – In-person voter registration

Who can vote

  • To register in Illinois you must be a citizen of the United States
  • In addition, be a resident of Illinois and of your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • Should not be in jail for a felony conviction
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else

How to Register to Vote in Illinois – Online voter registration

  • Illinois offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need an Illinois ID to use Illinois’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have an Illinois-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Sunday, October 21.

How to Register to Vote in Illinois – By-mail voter registration

  • Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  • Box 6 – ID Number: Your driver’s license 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.
  • 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.
  • Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  • Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  • Sign the form.
  • Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9.
  • A signature is required. If signature is missing from registration form, you will be notified that your registration is incomplete.

How to Register to Vote in Illinois – Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return 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 office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • 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 – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Illinois.

Check your 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.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Sunday, October 21. By mail is Tuesday, October 9. And, in person is Tuesday, November 6.

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