To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver photo identification card issued by the State of Illinois.
Online registration form
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
Choosing a political party:
Illinois does not register political parties. In primary elections, voters request either a political party ballot or a non-partisan ballot with only public questions on it.
To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the online voter registration form.
To cancel a registration, voters must send a signed letter or a signed form to local election authorities.
Directory of Election Authorities: https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx?MID=cQHxtxVEmuo%3d&T=637121063815962621
For online voter registration, an Illinois driver's license or state ID is required.
If you do not have a driver’s license, State Identification Card or social security number, and this form is submitted by mail, and you have never registered to vote in the jurisdiction you are now registering in, then you must send, with this application, either (i) a copy of a current and valid photo identification, or (ii) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. If you do not provide the information required above, then you will be required to provide election officials with either (i) or (ii) described above the first time you vote at a voting place or by absentee ballot
First-time voters who registered by mail and did not submit their driver’s license number, state ID number, last four digits of their social security number, or other form of ID are required to present identification showing their name and address before voting.
Voters who are registered at their current address and are voting at the correct precinct do not require ID unless:
Voters who lack required ID may vast a provisional ballot and then must present ID to election authorities within 7 days.
Department of Motor Vehicles
Obtaining a Driver’s License
Obtaining a non-driver photo ID:
All voters are eligible to request an absentee ballot in Illinois
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:
Sample ballots are available from your local election authority
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
Federal (even years)
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)
Representative (elected every two years)
State (even years)
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General (elected every four years; next election in 2022)
State Appellate Courts and Supreme Court(10 year terms)
State Senator (elected for 2 or 4 year terms on a rolling basis)
State Representative (elected every two years)
Statewide ballot measures
Municipal (odd years)
School Board and other boards and commissions
Local ballot measures
Election Day is November 3, 2020
Dates of all elections can be found in the Illinois Election Code http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=001000050HArt%2E+2A&ActID=170&ChapterID=3&SeqStart=5825000&SeqEnd=11900000
Local Election Authorities: https://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionOperations/ElectionAuthorities.aspx?MID=cQHxtxVEmuo%3d&T=637140105660749748
Illinois does not have a Voter Bill of Rights
The Illinois State Board of Elections oversees complaints about elections. For those not related to campaign finance, the details are listed here. https://www.elections.il.gov/abouttheboard/filingcomplaints.aspx
For complaints about Campaign finance disclosure, see https://www.elections.il.gov/CampaignDisclosure/FilingComplaint.aspx?MID=BUMx8%2f%2f53fQ%3d&T=637140104288845339
The Illinois State Board of Elections(https://www.elections.il.gov/Default.aspx) provides access to all candidates’ election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings, see the campaign disclosure tab on their website for more information.
Find your elected officials: https://www.elections.il.gov/electionoperations/districtlocator/districtofficialsearchbyaddress.aspx
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
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