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FAQ: Registering to Vote for the Upcoming Election

Check Your Registration and Find Your Election Day Polling Place

What is the deadline for registering to vote?

In Illinois, voter registration is always open. You can register to vote anytime, up to and including Election Day.


Am I eligible to register to vote?

To register to vote in the upcoming election, you must meet all of the following qualifications:

  • Be a U.S. citizen

  • Be 18 years old on or before the upcoming election

  • Live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election

  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere

  • Not currently be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. Ex-convicts who have been released from prison/jail - including those currently on parole/probation - and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois.


What kind of identification do I need?

You will need any TWO of the below forms of identification, ONE of which lists your current address. You may use an IL state ID and/or IL driver's license to register at your new address, even if the ID lists your old address.


Accepted Forms of ID

  • Driver's License or State ID card

  • Passport or Military ID

  • College/University/School/Work ID

  • Vehicle registration card

  • Lease, mortgage, or deed to your home

  • Credit or debit card

  • Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid card

  • Insurance card

  • Civic, union, or professional membership card

  • LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card

  • Illinois FOID card


You may also use the following kinds of mail as a form of ID:

  • Bill, Transcript or Report Card from School

  • Bank Statement, Pay Stub, or Pension Statement

  • Utility, Medical, or Insurance Bill

  • Official mail from any government agency


Where and how can I register to vote?

ONLINE: CLICK HERE to register to vote or update your registration online.

Use your IL driver's license or state ID card to register to vote or update your registration online. 



Bring 2 forms of ID to ANY early voting site in Chicago to register and vote same-day. 

Early Voting Sites in or near the 2nd Ward

Ward 2      Near North Library - 310 W. Division

Ward 42    Maggie Daley Park - 337 E. Randolph St.

Ward 43    Lincoln Park Library - 1150 W. Fullerton

Loop         Loop SuperSite - 191 N. Clark


CLICK HERE for a list of all early voting sites and hours.



You may register or update your registration and vote the same day on Election Day - just make sure to bring 2 forms of accepted ID.

CLICK HERE to find your Election Day polling location.


NOTE: Your ballot will be a PROVISIONAL ballot, as the Board of Elections will have to certify your voter registration AFTER the polls close.

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