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Illinois

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

June 28, 2022

Illinois Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: May 31, 2022
  • In-person request by: June 28, 2022
  • Online request by: June 12, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: June 23, 2022
  • In-person received: June 27, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received: June 28, 2022
Early Voting: May 19 – June 28, 2022 (counties may vary)

November 8, 2022

Illinois General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: October 11, 2022
  • In-person request by: November 8, 2022
  • Online request by: October 23, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: November 3, 2022
  • In-person received: November 7, 2022

Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Post received: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: September 29 – November 7, 2022 (counties may vary)

*While the normal voter registration deadline in Illinois is 28 days before Election Day, there is also a grace period after the normal voter registration period where you can register in person at the office of your election authority. However, those who register in this grace period must vote in that particular office or vote absentee by mail—you cannot vote at your polling place on Election Day or vote early if you register to vote during the grace period.

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Absentee Voting

You do not need a reason or excuse to vote absentee in Illinois—anyone can request an absentee ballot, but you must apply. Your application must be received by mail no later than 5 days before the election, or one day before the election if you apply in person. Absentee ballots are available starting 40 days before an election, and your ballot must be postmarked the day before Election Day and be received within 14 days of Election Day.

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

Early Voting 

Early voting is available 40 days prior to Election Day and closes the day before Election Day. You must check with your local election authority as to where to vote early.

See details of early voting in your jurisdiction here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 6 AM to 7 PM. 

Find your polling location.

 

Voter ID Requirements

You do not need any ID to vote on Election Day in Illinois.

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Areas in Illinois covered by Section 203 (AANHPI Languages):

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.