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Illinois Voting Guide

Welcome to FindLaw's Illinois Voter Guide. Here, we will answer questions about your eligibility to vote, voter registration, absentee ballots, how to find your polling place, what to bring to the polls, accommodations, and what to do if you see illegal activity at the polls.

Am I eligible to vote in Illinois?

To vote in Illinois elections, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States; and
  • A resident of Illinois and the jurisdiction where you live for at least 30 days.

Convicted felons in Illinois have their voting rights restored automatically once their sentence is served.


Where Do I Vote?

Registration and voting takes place at the office of the election authority, permanent polling places,or any other early voting site starting 15 days before the election

How to Register in Illinois

There are several ways to register to vote in Illinois. This includes registering:

In Person

Visit your local election authority for a voter registration application.


Illinois offers online voter registration via the Secretary of State's website.

At the DMV

 You can register at your local DMV when applying for a new driver's license or state ID.

By Mail

Send your Illinois Voter Registration Application to your local election authority.

Illinois Voting Resources

Your vote counts. Take the time to learn how and when to vote.


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