October 6: Voter registration deadline (mail)
October 18: Voter registration deadline (online)
October 19 – November 2: Early voting dates
November 3 – Election Day
Registered voters may cast a ballot prior to Election Day without having to provide a reason for wanting to vote early.
This ballot is cast by personal appearance at the office of the election authority or at an Early Voting Center.
Find your Early Voting Center
Any Illinois voter may vote using a mail-in ballot.
Fill out the application to request a mail-in ballot
- Voting By Mail Application
- Send the completed application to your local election authority.
- DO NOT send this application to the State Board of Elections
- Check with your local election authority to see if they have an online-only application available as well
Your ballot will be mailed to you
- Fill out your ballot
- Your mail-in ballot must be placed into the provided certification envelope
- The certification on the envelope must be completed, signed, and the envelope sealed
- Your packet will inform you of the amount of postage you are required to use to return your ballot
Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3 and received within 14 days after the election.
If you personally deliver the ballot to your local election authority, the ballot must be received no later than Election Day, November 3.
You do not need to include a copy of your ID, but your signature must match the one on your voter registration form.
Grace Period Registration and Voting
Grace period registration is an extension of the regular mail-in/in-person registration deadline through election day (October 7 – November 3).
If you register during the grace period and wish to vote in the election occurring during the grace period, you must vote in-person at the same time you register.
Check with your local election authority to determine the locations and hours available.
Acceptable ID Requirements
The listed forms of ID must show your name and address.
- A current and valid photo ID
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check Paycheck
- Lease or contract for residence
- Student ID and mail addressed to voter’s residence
- Government Document
Can I register at the voting booth?
Normally, yes. But right now, it is unclear how COVID-19 will impact in-person voting in Illinois.
Are voters eligible to vote in healthcare facilities?
Any qualified voter that has been admitted to a healthcare facility (hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center) not more than 14 days before the election, or if released, is expected to be homebound on the day of the election and unable to travel to the polling place, shall be entitled to personal delivery of a ballot. To learn more please contact your local election authority.
What if you spill on or lose your mail-in ballot or just want to vote in-person instead?
Contact your local election authority as soon as you know your ballot is ruined or missing. It is important to handle your ballot carefully when you receive it. If you change your mind, take your mail-in ballot with you to your polling place. You will surrender it to an election judge who will then give you a ballot to vote in person.