Illinois

ABOUT THIS STATE

Make some Illi-nooisse! The Land of Lincoln, Deep Dish Pizza and OPPRAAHHH! She may not be running this year, but if you look under your seat you'll see that everyone gets a VOTE! You get a vote, you get a vote! Everybody. Gets. A. Vote. Thank you for sticking with me on that, but in all seriousness, the election is coming up fast and we need to be prepared. Illinois will have two main elections in 2022. Its primary election will take place on June 28, and the general will be held on November 8. Here is all the information you need to be a voter and make Oprah proud. (Source: Ballot Ready)

Be A Voter

Key Dates

May 31

Primary Voter Registration Deadline (By Mail)

Jun 12

Primary Voter Registration Deadline (Online)

May 19 – Jun 27

Primary Early Voting Dates

Jun 23

Primary Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

Jun 27

Primary Absentee Ballot Return Deadline (in person)

Jul 12

Primary Absentee Ballot Return Deadline (by mail)

Jun 28

Primary Election

Nov 3

Election Day

Illinois Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to votesaveamerica.com/register. We're working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

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  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Yes, but the registration site is typically not the same location as the polling place. So why wait? Do it now. Do it do it do it dooo itdoitdoitdoit: votesaveamerica.com/register

    DO IT NOW
  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    No. Illinois does not have a political party registration system. You may select in each election which partisan primary you would like to vote in.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! As long as you're registered, you can request your ballot be mailed to you at home, fill it out, then mail it back. This is called an absentee ballot, and you must request it by June 23rd. All ballots must be returned by June 27th, if delivered by hand, and July 12th (with a postmark of June 28th), if returned by mail.

    Request Here
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes, May 19th, 2022- June 27th, 2022

  • Do I need an ID?

    Ok, so if you completed your registration in the past and have voted before, you're all set. If you're a first-time voter or want to finish your registration on Election Day, you will need to bring a photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck. Get all the details from VoteRiders.

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what's new in illinois voting since 2020

Good news! Illinois lawmakers got to work on expanding voter access in 2021! The new laws enable curbside voding, ensure drop boxes will stick around, and ensures that people who are incarcerated are informed about their voting rights and have access to the ballot when eligible. Illinois also created a permanent absentee voting list, so that voters can enroll once and receive ballots by mail for all upcoming elections. Plus, the 2022 General Election Day, November 8th, will now be a state holiday!

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Resources

  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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