Upcoming Elections in Illinois

Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-7:00 PM

The polls at the election will be open at 6:00 o'clock A.M. and will continue to be open until 7:00 o'clock P.M. of that day.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use www.elections.il.gov to Find Your Polling Place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day`
Absentee Ballot Begins: First day for any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States, to make application by mail or in person to the election authority for an official vote by mail ballot. August 10,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First day for Early Voting September 29,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Last day to register to vote October 11,2016
Absentee Ballot Begins: First day a registered Illinois voter who has moved within 30 days outside of his/her precinct prior to a Presidential election may apply either by mail or in person for a vote by mail ballot for President and Vice President only with the election authority having jurisdiction over his/her precinct of former residence. October 11,2016
Voter Registration Begins: First day for Grace period Registration and Voting October 12,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First day for early voting at permanent polling places other than the office of the election authority. These permanent polling places are to be open on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. October 24,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Last day for any nonresident civilian, otherwise qualified to vote, to make application to the election authority having jurisdiction over his precinct of former residence for a vote by mail ballot containing federal offices only October 31,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Last day for any voter who is a member of the United States Service and his/her spouse and dependents of voting age who expect to be absent from their county of residence on election day to make application for an official ballot to the election authority having jurisdiction over their precinct residence October 31,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Last day for the election authority to receive application by mail for a vote by mail ballot from any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States. November 3,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Last day for any registered voter, presently within the confines of the United States, to request a vote by mail ballot in person at the office of the election authority. November 7,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: last day for Early Voting November 7,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Last day for Grace period Registration and Voting November 8,2016
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Time Off For Voting:

Every employee is entitled, after giving notice, to two hours off work, provided that the employee's working hours begin less than 2 hours after the opening of the polls and end less than 2 hours before the closing of the polls.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

Regular elections are held on the third Tuesday in March (primary) and the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (general) of even-numbered years. In odd-numbered years, some jurisdictions have a primary on the last Tuesday in February and all jurisdictions have an election on the first Tuesday of April (consolidated).

Each voter must vote at his/her precinct polling place. Check your polling place location with the election authority for your jurisdiction.

Instructions for First Time Voters Who Registered by Mail

  • If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time, either at the polling place, in-person absentee or early voting, unless you submit with your mail-in registration form your driver license number or state ID number, the last four digits of your social security number, or one of the forms of ID listed below. Voters voting under the provisions of UOCAVA and the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act do not have to vote in person for the first time after having registered by mail.

Any of the following IDs may be used:

  • A current and valid photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Lease or contract for residence
  • Student ID and mail addressed to voter's residence
  • Government document

The above listed forms of ID must show your name and address and must be presented to the election officials before being permitted to vote. If you do not present a required form of identification either at the time of submitting your mail-in registration or at the time of voting, you may vote a Provisional Ballot.

Voting Rights

  • Voters whose names do not appear on the poll list, or are unable to comply with the identification requirements for mail-in registrants, are entitled to vote by provisional ballot if they declare they are registered to vote in the jurisdiction and eligible to vote in the election.

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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Illinois does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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