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Upcoming Elections in Illinois

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

February 28,2017 - CONSOLIDATED PRIMARY ELECTION
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: First day any registered voter within the confines of the U.S. to make application by mail or in person to the E/A for an official ballot. (90 days prior to primary) November 30,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: 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 3,2017
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail begins : 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. January 19,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First day any registered voter within the confines of the U.S. to make application by mail or in irst day for early voting at the office of the election authority or at a location designated by the election authority for this purpose. (begins 40th day preceding election and extends through the day prior to an election) January 19,2017
Voter Registration Ends: Last day for registration or transfer of registration within the office of the election authority. (Please check with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners or the Cook County Clerk’s office as other provisions may apply) January 31,2017
Voter Registration deadline - Electronic (online): Last day for voters to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website. February 12,2017
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail Ends : Last day for the election authority to receive, by mail,application to vote by mail from any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States. February 23,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last day for early voting at the office of the election authority and permanent locations designated by the election authority. Temporary early voting locations may be established by the election authority, but are not required to maintain the same voting days and hours as the election authority. February 27,2017
April 4,2017 - CONSOLIDATED ELECTION
Voter Registration deadline - By Mail: 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 ballot. Please note that mailing and delivery of ballots does not begin until Thursday, February 23, 2017. January 4,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Last day for the election authority to have in their office a sufficient number ofballots 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. February 18,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First day for early voting at the office of the election authority or at a location designated by the election authority for this purpose February 23,2017
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail begins : 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 23,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: First day for mailing or delivery of absentee ballot. February 23,2017
Voter Registration Ends: Last day for regular registration or transfer of registration within the office of the election authority. March 7,2017
Voter Registration deadline - Electronic (online): Last day for voters to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website. March 19,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last day for the election authority to receive, by mail, a vote by mail application from anyregistered voter presently within the confines of the United States. March 30,2017
Early Voting/Absentee Voting By Mail Ends : Last day for the election authority to receive, by mail, a vote by mail application from anyregistered voter presently within the confines of the United States. March 30,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last day for early voting at the office of the election authority or at a location designated by the election authority. April 3,2017
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take 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.

Learn more about Illinois: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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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

Am I eligible To Vote in Illinois?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Illinois

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Illinois?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in Illinois? Click here for more information

What's on Illinois ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Illinois?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Illinois

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if Illinois if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Illinois?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Illinois? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote