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WHAT FORMS OF Registering

to Vote in
VOTE? 10 ILCS 5/1A-16, 5/4, 5/5, 5/6
Board Members
Two forms of identification with at
least one showing your current William J. Cadigan, Chairman
residence address are needed when John R. Keith, Vice Chairman
you register in-person. If you register Andrew K. Carruthers
by mail sufficient proof of identity is Ian K. Linnabary
required by submission of your William M. McGuffage
driver's license number or state Katherine S. O’Brien
identification card number. If you Voter Registration process
Charles W. Scholz
don't have either of those, verification Casandra B. Watson
by the last 4 digits of the your social
security number, a copy of a current
and valid photo identification, or a Steven S. Sandvoss
copy of a current utility bill, bank Executive Director
statement, paycheck, government
check, or other government document
that shows your name and address will
be required. A person may also
demonstrate sufficient proof of
identity by submission of an
identification card issued by a college Illinois State Board of Elections
or university accompanied by either a
Springfield Office
copy of the applicant's contract or
2329 S. Macarthur Blvd.
lease for a residence or any
Springfield, IL 62704
postmarked mail delivered to the
applicant at his or her current
residence address. Chicago Office
100 W. Randolph
Suite 14-400
Chicago, IL 60601
 Must be a U.S. Citizen; Yes. Under federal law, citizens may apply to
 Must be at least 18 years of age by register to vote by mailing in an application. The If you moved within 27 days of the election in
Election Day; 17 years of age to vote applications are available at some public and the same precinct you can vote a full ballot by
in a General Primary and private facilities. Also, applications can be signing an affidavit.
Consolidated election if individual
downloaded from the Illinois State Board of
will be 18 as of the following General If you moved more than 30 days before the
Election; Elections website at:
election within the same election jurisdiction,
 Must have been a resident of the When you apply for registration using the mail- but outside your precinct, and did not transfer
precinct at least 30 days prior to in form, it must be postmarked prior to the close your registration, you may update your
Election Day. of registration. If you do not provide the registration through Election Day using the
necessary identification with your mail-in form, grace period and then grace period vote;
WHEN MAY I REGISTER you must vote in-person the first time.
alternatively you may vote for federal offices
only after completing an address correction
TO VOTE? form.
Regular registration is open year round except
during the 27-day period just prior to an If you moved within 30 days before the
election, 16 days prior to online, and during CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE OR election outside of your precinct, but you still
the 2-day period after each election (1 day live in the state, and did not transfer your
after in Chicago).
UPDATE MY REGISTRATION registration, you may update your registration
ONLINE IN ILLINOIS? to your new address through Election Day
Grace period registration is an extension of and do grace period registration and voting, or
Yes. Online voter registration was created by vote a full ballot in your old polling place after
the regular registration deadline from the 27th
Public Act 98-115. An individual may register to completing an affidavit.
day prior to an election through Election Day. vote or update his or her existing voter
Grace period registration is only available “in- registration by accessing the home page of the If you moved more than 30 days before the
person” at sites authorized by each election Illinois State Board of Elections’ website at election out of your county or municipality
authority. under a board of election commissioners and
did not transfer your registration, you can only
WHERE CAN I REGISTER To use this option, an applicant must provide:
vote by re-registering from your new address.

TO VOTE? (1) the full Illinois driver’s license or State

If any change in your name or address has
County Clerk's Office occurred, please remember to contact your
identification card number; election authority to update your registration.
Board of Election Commissioner's Office
(2) the last 4 digits of your social security However, even if you forget to update your
City and Village Offices
number; and information, note that
Township Offices
(3) the date the Illinois driver’s license or “Grace Period Registration and Voting” is
Schools now available through Election Day in
state identification card was issued.
Public Libraries Illinois.
Military Recruitment Offices
Locations specifically designated by the
election authority