Primaries and caucuses are coming up in many states—in Illinois, primary elections are on March 20th—and there are some important decisions that YOU need to weigh in on! Take a few minutes today to run through our checklist to make sure that you’re ready:
Am I registered to vote?
What if I'm not registered?
Live in Illinois? Here's what you need to know about Illinois voter registration deadlines.
- February 20 is the last day of standard voter registration meaning you cannot register by mail after this date and some registration sites will no longer accept registrations.
- Online registration extends until March 4.
- After February 20, Grace Period registration is also available at numerous sites until Election Day. (Two forms of ID are required. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address.)
- You can also register on Election Day at your home precinct. (Two forms of ID are required. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address.)
- Live outside of Illinois? Fill out this form to find out if you can still register, and how.
Do I need an ID to vote?
Live in Illinois? Generally, Illinois state law does not require voters to present a form of identification at the polls on Election Day, however:
- Early voters must present photo identification at the polls.
- New voters who did not provide proof of identity at the time of registration may be required to present identification at the polls.
For same-day voter registration you will need to provide two forms of ID with at least one showing your current residence address.
- Acceptable forms of ID include: Passport or Military ID; Driver's License or State ID card; College, University, School, or Work ID; LINK, Public Aid, or Department of Human Services card; vehicle registration card; lease, mortgage, or deed to home; credit or debit card; Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card; insurance card; civic, union, or professional membership card; Illinois FOID card.
- Examples of mail addressed to voter that can be used as ID: transcript or report card from school; bank statement, pay stub, or pension statement; utility, medical, or insurance bill; official mail from any government agency.
Live outside of Illinois?
- Find out if you need ID to vote, and if so, what kind.
Who will be on my ballot?
Make sure that you know who will be on the ballot for local and national offices. While you will certainly have the most impact by voting for every position, you are not required to cast a vote for every office listed on the ballot.
Tell your friends to vote!
And once you’re done, share this information and empower your friends and family to make their plans too. Every voice matters and every vote counts; take action today and honor your right to vote!