Who Can Register to Vote?
In order to exercise your right, you must be registered. Laws vary state to state. LWV Chicago outlines the guidelines for voting in Chicago, IL.
Who is Eligible?
- You must be a US Citizen
- You must be at least 18 years of age by the November Election Day (17 year olds are eligible to register for the March primary if they will be 18 by the November election)
- You must live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election
- You must not claim the right to vote elsewhere
- You must not be in prison or jail serving time for a conviction
Ex-convicts who have completed their sentences and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois.
Want to check if you are registered?
You can verify your voter registration here.
How & When to Register
Applicants need two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the address for their new/updated registration. Depending on how close to the election, individuals have different options for registration:
- Voter Registration Drive: You can register at voter registration drives held throughout the city prior to Election Day. LWV Chicago members regularly volunteer at these events
- Online Registration: It is possible to register to vote (or change your address) online here
- Same Day Registration: Illinois offers same day registration at your polling place. Find your Election Day polling place and your districts here
A full list of details on registration is available on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website. Or you may contact them at 312-269-7900, 69 W Washington Street, Suites 600/800, Chicago, IL 60602.