Illinois Voting Guide: What to Know Ahead of Election Day

Voting can be a difficult task, especially in the middle of the pandemic. Here's everything you'll need to know ahead of Election Day about voting in Illinois.

Posted: Sep 30, 2020 12:04 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2020 12:05 PM

The deadline to register online to vote in Illinois is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 18, while the deadline to register to vote by mail is Oct. 6.

To vote in Illinois:

  • You must be a United States citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day
  • You must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day

Click here to register to vote in Illinois. If you think that you may already be registered to vote, you can check by using the State Board of Election's Voter Registration Lookup.

Absentee Voting

Any qualified voter may vote prior to Election Day at any site established for early voting by the election authority. The period for early voting begins the 40th day preceding an election and extends through the end of the day before Election Day.

Illinois voters can cast their ballot prior to Election Day by mail or in-person. Voters can request a vote-by-mail ballot through the mail or in person. Two forms of identification with at least one showing your current residence address are needed when you register in-person.

Illinois residents who vote by mail must complete a 'voting by mail application' and send it to the county clerk or board of election commissioners with jurisdiction over your voter registration.

Ballots can be dropped off at one of many Vote By Mail Ballot Drop Box Locations around the state.

Early Voting Locations/Sample Ballots by County:

More information on Early Voting in Illinois can be seen on the Illinois State Board of Elections Early Voting Pamphlet.

You can visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website for further information on voting.

Voice of the Voter:

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Questions asked by Tri-State voters so far:

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Sure, yesterday's passing cold front and lingering rainfall made for a cooler-than average, fall-like day across the Tri-State - today on the other hand, was a bit more summer-like. The core of high pressure flowing in behind that cold front has now settled to our east and is actively pumping southerly winds, more heat and gulf humidity back into the Ohio valley. As a result, temperatures pushed back into the mid 80s for the majority of the region; the added humidity even made it feel a few degrees hotter as well. As for the rest of the evening, conditions will remain dry with temperatures gradually falling from 80° around dinnertime into the mid to low 70s by 10PM. The combination of added cloud cover overnight and those aforementioned southerly winds will help keep temperatures mild tonight - we'll only dip as low as 67° early Friday morning in the River City.
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