Welcome Illinois voters! Below you will find your upcoming election dates, voter registration deadlines, state requirements for Voter ID, as well as information on online voter registration, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, early voting, and minor pre-registration.


Primary Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Party Primaries
Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
March 20 February 20 (postmarked) February 20 March 20 Yes


General Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
November 6 October 21 (postmarked) October 21 November 6 Yes


Online Voter Registration

Yes, Illinois has Online Voter Registration. Need an Illinois ID and last 4 digits of Social Security number. You can register online here.

Voter ID

Illinois has no voter ID requirements.


Illinois does have “no-excuse” vote-by-mail. You must request your ballot 5 days before Election Day or in person 1 day prior to Election Day. Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.

Early Voting

Illinois has in-person early voting. Early voting begins on the 40th day prior to Election Day and ends the day prior to Election Day. Early voting is located at permanent and temporary locations established by election authority throughout jurisdiction, including:

  • Office of Municipal Clerk
  • Office of Township Clerk
  • Office of Road District Clerk
  • Office of County of Local Public Agency.
  • MUST be provided at public universities.

More information early voting is available here.

Automatic Voter Registration (Motor Voter)

Yes, Illinois has Automatic Voter Registration implemented as of July 2018. AVR Automatically registers individuals (or updates current voter registration) when interacting with SOS Driver Services and a number of other state agencies unless the applicant opts out.

Minor Pre-Registration

No specific provision. Contact your state election officials for details.

Links to State-by-State Charts

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Online Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Vote By Mail

Early Voting

Voter ID

Content Updated Summer 2018


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