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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.

2015 Important Events Calendar

January 2015 Dates
Governor-Elect, Bruce Rauner - Republican, Inauguration DateJanuary 12, 2015 -
General: First day for mailing or delivery of absentee ballotsJanuary 15, 2015
Primary: Last day for residents living outside US to applyJanuary 26, 2015 -
February 2015 Dates
Primary: Last day for the election authority to supply absentee ballot materials to local election officialsFebruary 1, 2015 -
Primary: The election authority shall post a schedule for early voting at each location where early voting will happen.February 4, 2015
Primary: Last day for early voting at the office of the election authority and permanent February 21, 2015 -
Primary: Last day for any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States, to vote in personFebruary 23, 2015
Primary: Last day for election authority to receive application by mail from any registered voterFebruary 29, 2015
April 2015 Dates
November 2015 Dates
General:DEADLINE,by noon, for circuit court clerk to receive absentee ballot applications from confined voters or voters caring for a confined person requesting delivery of a ballot by absentee voter boardNovember 2, 2015 -

2016 Important Events Calendar

January 2016 Dates
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
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 -
February 2016 Dates
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 -
Last day for regular registration or transfer of registration within the offices of the election authorityFebruary 16, 2016
March 2016 Dates
Primary Election DayMarch 15, 2016
November 2016 Dates
General Election DayNovember 8, 2016

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Illinois: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll Hours: 6 a.m. - 7 p.m

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.

Bring Appropriate identification with you to the polls

  • 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, even if expired:

  • 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
If a voter's name doesn't appear on the official voter list or if his/her vote is successfully challenged, he may cast a provisional ballot . A voter who casts a provisional ballot may check the status of that ballot to determine whether it was tabulated.

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