March 30, 2022 

  • First day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot


May 19, 2022

  • First day to vote early at the office of the election authority

  • First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the United States


June 1 - 28, 2022 

  • Grace period registration and voting at election authority and polling sites


June 12, 2022

  • Last day for online voter registration

  • Grace period registration is available at election authority and early voting sites


June 13, 2022 

  • First day to vote early at permanent polling places

  • (vote early at the office of the election authority starting May 19, 2022)


June 23, 2022 

  • Last day for the election authority to receive vote by mail applications

June 28, 2022:  Primary Election Day!  Polls open 6:00AM - 7:00PM

Voting and the Process
Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  When is the 2022 Primary Election?


Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 28, 2022.


Q:  When is the 2022 General Election?


General Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.


Q:  Am I eligible to vote?


To vote in Illinois … 

- you must be a United States Citizen.

- you must be 17 years old on or before 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 must 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.


Q:  How do I register to vote?


You can register to vote online, via mail, or in person!


ALL registration methods require your ID and the last four digits of your social security number.


Please pay careful attention to registration deadlines (listed below).


To register online:


Click here for the Illinois Online Voter Application


Your online registration MUST be submitted by 11:59 PM on June 12, 2022 in order for you to be eligible to vote in the 2022 Primary Election.


To register via mail:


Click here to download, complete, and print a mail-in voter registration form.


Voter registration forms should be mailed to your local election authority.


Your mail-in registration form MUST be postmarked by June 23, 2022 in order for you to be eligible to vote in the 2022 Primary Election.


To register in person:


In-person voter registration is available year-round.


You may register in person when applying for an Illinois State ID or driver’s license at any DMV (year-round), or at any authorized voting site in the 27 days leading up to the election.


Q:  I don’t know whether I am registered to vote.  What do I do?


Checking your voter registration status is quick and easy.  Click here to see if you are registered to vote.


Q:  How can I vote?  Do I have to vote in person?


You can vote by mail or in person!


To vote by mail:


You can request your mail-in ballot online, via mail, or in person as early as three (3) months before the election.  Mail-in ballot applications for the 2022 Primary Election are available starting on March 30, 2022.


For more information about voting by mail – including for overseas voters, military voters, and voters who have been hospitalized within the 14 days leading up to an election – please visit the Illinois State Board of Elections website.


To vote in person:


Once you are registered to vote, you will be assigned a polling place based on your address.  You can find your polling place on your voter registration card, or find your polling place online.


If you have moved and you have not updated your address, you will need to update your voter information.


Q:  I have a felony.  Can I still vote?


Yes!  Illinois law states that “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.”


In other words, you CAN vote if … 

- your case is in court and no verdict has been given;

- 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.


You CANNOT 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.  To learn more about your voting rights as a felon in a different state, click here.