League of Women Voters



Illinois Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Illinois, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years of age by Election Day (17 years old to vote in a General Primary if you will be 18 by the following General Election)
  • Have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day

Illinois ID Needed for Registration

Two forms of identification are required when registering to vote, one of which must show your current residential address.

If you register by mail, sufficient proof of identity is fulfilled by submission of your driver's license number or state identification card number.

If you don't have either of those, verification by one of the following will be required:

Illinois Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.


The polls are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm.


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Every employee is entitled, after giving notice, to two hours off work, provided that the employee's working hours begin less than 2 hours after the opening of the polls and end less than 2 hours before the closing of the polls. The law does not specify whether time off is paid.


To verify your voter registration status, please please use your state's resource.


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Election Day Problems?

Call one of these hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
1-844-418-1682 (Arabic)


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