Register to vote (online): Received by October 18, 2020
Register to vote (by mail): Received by October 6, 2020
Register to vote (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Check your Illinois voter registration status
If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your Illinois registration using the Illinois voter registration lookup tool.
If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.
Illinois voter registration rules
To register in Illinois you must:
be a citizen of the United States
be a resident of Illinois and of your election precinct for at least 30 days before Election Day
be 18 years old by Election Day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the General Election
not be currently incarcerated for a felony
not claim the right to vote anywhere else
Register to vote online in Illinois
You must include your Illinois driver's license number or Illinois state ID number, issue date of that ID, and the last 4 digits of your social security number with your online voter registration application.
Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your Illinois driver’s license number. If you do not have a driver’s license, enter the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have either number, please write “NONE” in this space.
Box 7 - Choice of Party: Party registration or preference is not required for voter registration. However, when you apply for a primary ballot, you must indicate your party preference for that election.
Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
Your voter registration form must be received by October 6, 2020
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Illinois elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.
State Board of Elections
2329 S. MacArthur Boulevard
Springfield, IL 62704
Illinois vote by mail guide
Illinois vote by mail guide
Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to state records. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
All registered Illinois voters will receive a mail-in ballot application ahead of the November 3, 2020 election.
Illinois vote by mail deadlines
Earliest day to apply: June 16, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 29, 2020
Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 2, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020
Illinois vote by mail overview
Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:
Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
Illinois vote by mail rules
For the November 3, 2020 election, all registered voters (except registered voters who have not voted since 2018) will receive a mail-in ballot application in the mail. These applications will come with a pre-paid return envelope.
Any registered Illinois voter may request a vote by mail ballot.
Counties are now allowed to use vote by mail ballot drop-boxes. Each county will decide if they will use drop-boxes.
Illinois vote by mail ID requirements (request)
You do NOT need ID when requesting a ballot.
Illinois vote by mail ID requirements (return)
You do NOT need ID when returning a voted ballot.
Illinois vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps: