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The 2020 U.S. General Election will feature some of the most unique voting regulations in American history. The stakes are too high to not make your voice heard and Illinois has voting rules to ensure all voters are able to cast their ballots however they feel most comfortable. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the election:

Voter Information
The best resource for voters is On this website you can register to vote, check your voter registration, find your polling place, request an absentee application, check your provisional ballot, and even get a sample ballot to check your voting options. Have a question that isn’t answered below? Go to and you’ll find your answer. 

Voting Timeline
9/24 First day for election authority to mail an official ballot to voters who have requested one
9/24 First day for early voting at the office of the election authority & temporary locations
10/6/ Last day for registration or transfer of registration within the offices of the election authority
10/7 First day for grace period registration, voting or change of address in the office of the election authority or at a location designated for this purpose
10/18 ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION Last day for voters to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website. (10 ILCS 5/1A-16.5)
10/19 First day of early voting for counties who have early voting at permanent polling places other than the office of the election authority
10/29 Last day for the election authority to receive application by mail from any registered voter
11/2 Last day for early voting
11/3 Last day for grace period registration and voting
Online Voter Registration
The registration period for the online voter registration system will close at 11:59 PM on 10/18 and will reopen on 11/05. It's easy to do and start your registration here.
Voting by Mail
Voting by mail is an option for voters to cast their ballot prior to Election Day. Voters can request a vote by mail ballot through the mail or in person.
All requests by mail must be received by the Election Authority by 10/29.
All in-person early voting requests must be made by 11/2. Find a drobox location here.
Early Voting/Grace Period Registration Locations
The polls are open from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Each voter must vote at his/her precinct polling place. Check your polling place location with the election authority for your jurisdiction.
In-Person Voting
Polls will be open on Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your mask. We encourage you to check your polling location because it might be different from the last time you voted.
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