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Illinois

Population

12,671,821

Voting-Age Pop.

9,055,187

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 56 %
Trump 39 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 18, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Voters can request a vote by mail ballot through the mail or in person.

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  • No, residents of Illinois must register for a mail ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Illinois must register for a mail ballot for the general election.

Requests must be received by: Oct 29 (mail); Nov 2 (In-person early voting) Chevron Icon

  • All requests by mail must be received by the Election Authority by Oct 29.


    All in-person early voting requests must be made by Nov 2.

Requests must be received by: Oct 29 (mail); Nov 2 (In-person early voting)

All requests by mail must be received by the Election Authority by Oct 29.


All in-person early voting requests must be made by Nov 2.

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  • Sept 24: First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the confines of the United States who has made application to vote by mail.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 24: First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the confines of the United States who has made application to vote by mail.

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  • Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and must be received within 14 days of the election.

Mail Send Icon Return ballot: Postmarked by Nov 3; Received by Nov 17

Mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day and must be received within 14 days of the election.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Early voting/grace period registration is from the 27th day prior to an election (Oct 7) through Election Day. It's available in person at designated sites.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

Grace period registration through Election Day is only available in-person at designated sites.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

If you register by mail, you must vote in person the first time, either at the polling place, or by early voting, unless you submit with your mail-in registration form your driver's license number or state ID number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, or one of the forms of ID.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - elections.il.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Utility Bill

  • Lease or Contract for Residence

  • Mail Addressed to Voter's Residence

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  • Current and Valid Photo Identification

  • Bank Statement

  • Government Check

  • Paycheck

  • Student ID

  • Government Document


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-19 are developing.

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US Elections, Explained

What you should know about what's happening with the 2020 election and how it all works.

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