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2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
March 15, 2016 - Presidential Primary Election and State Primary Election Day
First day 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 an application for an official ballot to the election authority having jurisdiction over their residence. Members of the Armed Forces may make application via facsimile machine or other method of electronic transmission.January 4, 2016
VOTE BY MAIL REGISTRATION –CITIZENS TEMPORARILY OUTSIDE THE US.January 4, 2016
Last statutory day for candidates of established political parties to file withdrawal of nomination papers in the office of the State Board of Elections. January 7, 2016
Last day for candidates of established political parties to file withdrawal of nomination papers in the office of the county clerk. January 13, 2016
Last day for the election authority to have in their office a sufficient number of ballots printed and available for mailing to persons in the United States Service or their spouse and dependents of voting age, citizens temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and nonresident civilians.January 29, 2016
First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the confines of the United States who has made application to vote by mail. February 4, 2016
First day for early voting at the office of the election authority and temporary locations designated by the election authority.February 4, 2016
Last day for citizens of the United States TEMPORARILY RESIDING OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES to apply for vote by mail registration and a vote by mail ballot, and the last day election officials can mail such a ballot.NOTE: To receive the full ballot, applications should be in the hands of the election authority no later than 30 days before the election. Applications received after February 16, 2016 and prior to March 7, will entitle the voter to cast a Federal ballot only.February 16, 2016
Last day for regular registration or transfer of registration within the offices of the election authorityFebruary 16, 2016
First day for Grace Period Registration and VotingFebruary 17, 2016
First day for early voting for counties who have 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.February 29, 2016
Last day for the election authority to receive application to vote by mail from any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States.March 10, 2016
last day for Early VotingMarch 14, 2016
Last day for Grace Period Registration and VotingMarch 15, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
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
First day for Early VotingSeptember 29, 2016
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
Last day to register to voteOctober 11, 2016
First day for Grace period Registration and VotingOctober 12, 2016
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
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
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 residenceOctober 31, 2016
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
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
last day for Early VotingNovember 7, 2016
Last day for Grace period Registration and VotingNovember 8, 2016

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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Illinois Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

Illinois 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Illinois. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Illinois's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Illinois US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

Illinois US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running Incumbent Republican Senator, Mark Kirk, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Mark Kirk won the election to the United States Senate with 48.0% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, A. Giannoulias, who came in second with 46.4% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Illinois)

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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.

Important Note:

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