Coming Election: November 3, 2020

Early Voting: Oct 19, 2020 - Nov 2, 2020

Questions about Voting and the Process?

Am I even eligible?

To vote In Illinois:

  • You must be a United States Citizen.

  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election.

  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.

  • You must not be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of a conviction.

  • You may not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

This information is courtesy of the Illinois State Board of Elections online voter application which can be found here

But I'm a felon...

You can vote in Illinois! Illinois law says convicted felons that ARE NOT in custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections are eligible to vote. Simply put, once you are not in prison, you can vote, even if you are on probation/parole.

In short, you CAN vote if:

“If you have been accused of committing a felony, or have been convicted of a felony, you may still have the right to vote. As long as you are no longer in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections, you have the right to vote." 

  • Your case is in court, and no verdict has been given yet;

  • You are being held in jail while your case is in court, and no verdict has been given;

  • You are on probation; or

  • You are on parole.

However, if any of the following apply, you can not vote:

  • If you are in custody for a felony conviction. This includes if:

    • You are in prison serving your sentence;

    • You are serving your sentence through work release or furlough; or

    • You have been found guilty, but the judge has not given your sentence yet.

The  information above is provided by the Illinois Legal Aid Fund and to learn more about your voting rights as a felon in a different state click here.

How do I register?

Registration is year round except for 27 days before an election if registering by mail, 16 days if online, and there is also a grace period at authorized voting sites during those 27 days before an election and must be done in person.

To register by mail click here for a PDF to mail in, but it MUST be postmarked by October 6th, or online.
You will need your ID and last four digits of your social security.

To register in person, that can be done when you are applying for an Illinois state ID or driver’s license and any DMV, 
or any authorized voting site during the 27 day grace period during an election, you will need you ID and last four digits of your social security.

Not sure if you are registered? Checking is easy!

How can I vote?

By Mail:

You can request your ballot as early as 3 months before the election. You can request an absentee ballot in person or online. The first day you can request is June 16 and all requests by mail must be received by the Election Authority by 10/29/2020.  For more information on mail-in voting, please check out the Illinois Board of Elections website.

In person:

You will be assigned a poling placed based on your address.  If you have moved and not updated your address, you will likely need to update, or vote at your old polling place. Not sure where you vote (based on address input)?  Check here.