Make some Illi-nooisse! The Land of Lincoln, Deep Dish Pizza and OPPRAAHHH! She may not be running this year, but if you look under your seat you'll see that everyone gets a VOTE! You get a vote, you get a vote! Everybody. Gets. A. Vote. Thank you for sticking with me on that, but in all seriousness, the election is coming up fast and we need to be prepared. Here is all the information you need to be a voter and make Oprah proud.

Be A Voter

Key Dates

Oct 11

Voter Registration Deadline (by mail and in person)

Oct 23

Voter Registration Deadline (online)

Oct 12 – Nov 8

Registration Grace Period (in person at designated locations)

Sep 29 – Nov 7

Early Voting Period

Oct 20

Recommended Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 3

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline (by mail and online)

Nov 7

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline (in person)

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (postmark)

Nov 8

Election Day

Illinois Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

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  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Yes, but the registration site is typically not the same location as the polling place. So why wait? Do it now. Do it do it do it dooo itdoitdoitdoit:

  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! If you're registered, you can request to have your ballot mailed to you, you just have to do that by November 7th, although the state strongly recommends you request no later than October 20. Honestly, we recommend you do it as soon as possible to make sure there are no issues. Then, you can fill it out and return it by November 8th. You can find out how to request your ballot here.

    Request Here
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes, September 29 - November 7, 2022, but from September 29 - October 23, it's limited to designated locations. On October 24, early voting opens at all permanent polling locations.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Ok, so if you completed your registration in the past and have voted before, you're all set. If you're a first-time voter or want to finish your registration on Election Day, you will need to bring a photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, or paycheck. Get all the details from VoteRiders.

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  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee/by mail, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, you can find the polling place closest to you and its hours here.

    Find Your Polling Place


Since 2020, it’s gotten easier to cast your ballot in Illinois. Here are the changes that are making your life easier:

When making a plan to vote…

  • Curbside voting is here to stay, as are drop boxes.
  • Election Day 2022 is now a state holiday!
  • Incarcerated persons will now receive information about voter registration in their final year in confinement and get clear instructions on how to vote once they are eligible.

Moving forward…

  • There’s now a “permanent absentee voting list”, which means you won’t be taken off of it unless you move counties or states. So, if you’ve requested your absentee ballot this time, you won’t need to do so again in future years!


  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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