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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.

Voting In Illinois

Illinois voters have many options when it comes to selecting their civic leaders. Illinois routinely holds the following types of elections:

  • General elections (including midterm elections)
    • Presidential
    • Gubernatorial
    • United States Senate
  • Primary elections
  • State-wide elections
    • General assembly
  • Local elections

Can I Vote In Illinois?

To vote in Illinois elections, you must be both:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • A resident of Illinois and the county where you live for at least 30 days

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


Where Do I Vote?

You can vote at polling places tied to your current address. Absentee voters can use a drop box or drop their ballots at their local election office. You can also contact your local county clerk for information on Election Day and early voting locations.

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

When applying for a new driver's license or state ID, you can register at your local DMV.

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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