With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Illinois!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

  • Any qualified voter may vote prior to Election Day at any site established for early voting by the election authority.

  • A qualified voter to whom a vote by mail ballot was issued may vote early if they submit that vote by mail ballot for cancellation to the judges or election official conducting early voting. If the voter is unable to submit the vote by mail ballot, it shall be sufficient for the voter to submit to the judges or election official:

    • a portion of the vote by mail ballot if the vote by mail ballot was torn or mutilated or
    • an affidavit executed before the judges or election official specifying that the voter never received a vote by mail ballot or the voter completed and returned a vote by mail ballot and was informed that the election authority did not receive that vote by mail ballot.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • For the November 3, 2020 election, all registered voters (except registered voters who have not voted since 2018) will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail. These applications will come with a pre-paid return envelope.
  • Any registered Illinois voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
  • Counties are now allowed to use absentee ballot drop-boxes. Each county will decide if they will use drop-boxes.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

Illinois voters must provide their Illinois driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

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

To register in Illinois you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Illinois and of your election precinct for at least 30 days before Election Day
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the general election
  • not be currently incarcerated for a felony
  • not claim the right to vote anywhere else

Can I register online?

Illinois voters must include their Illinois driver's license number or state ID number, issue date of that ID, and the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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