In Illinois, early voting allows voters to cast a ballot in person before Election Day. You do not need a reason or excuse to vote early.
When can I use early voting?
Generally, early voting begins 40 days before Election Day and ends the day before Election Day. You should check with your election authority to confirm when early voting will take place.
Where can I vote early?
Early voting takes place at the office of the local election authority and at designated locations.
An election authority may establish permanent polling places for early voting at locations throughout the election authority's jurisdiction, including but not limited to:
- A municipal clerk's office
- A township clerk's office
- A road district clerk's office
- A county or local public agency office
In addition to permanent polling places for early voting, the election authority may establish temporary branch polling places for early voting. An election authority will publish the location of each permanent and temporary polling place for early voting and the dates and hours that early voting will be conducted at each location.
Early voting locations can be found at the Illinois State Board of Election website or by contacting your local election authority.
Identification needed to vote early
To vote early, you must provide valid identification such as:
- A current driver's license;
- A state issued identification card; or
- Another government issued photo identification.
By contrast, Illinois voters are not required to show photo identification to vote on Election Day.
When will my vote be counted if I use early voting?
If you use early voting, your vote will not be counted until Election Day.
If you vote using early voting you may not vote again on Election Day, even if you change your mind about who you want to vote for.