This article will give you some basic information about voting in Illinois. In order to vote, you must be registered. The information below will answer some basic questions you may have about Registering to vote and the voting process.
Federal law states that a general election must be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. For example, the date of the general election in 2018 is November 6. However, you need to be officially registered to vote at least 27 days before the next election. You may also register to vote when you apply for a new driver's license or change your address on your license. You can check if you are registered on the Voter Registration Look Up tool.
In Illinois, the primary elections for the major political parties are held on the third Tuesday in March of even-numbered years. For example, the date of the primary elections in 2018 is March 20.
Polling places are open on Election Day from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. If a voter is in line at 7:00 pm, the voter has a right to cast a vote. Find your local polling place with this ZIP Code lookup tool.
Updated: February 2018