Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 6, October 18 online, or Election Day registration if voting in-person

Early voting in Illinois runs from October 19 to November 2. Check your county’s election website to find your early voting locations.

Illinois’ Address Confidentiality Program provides a secure address that allows survivors of domestic violence to register to vote. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons after their release from incarceration.

ID Requirements for Voting: ID is only required for first-time voters

Time Off to Vote Law: Employees are eligible for up to two hours of paid time off to vote if they do not have sufficient time to vote outside of working hours. Learn more here.

Absentee Voting: Any registered Illinois voter can obtain an absentee ballot. The application can be found on your County Clerk’s website and must be received at least 5 days before the election. For the November 3 elections absentee-ballot applications will automatically be mailed to all registered voters.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Illinois ranks 12th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Illinois Congressional Delegation

Illinois State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Illinois had higher voter turnout than the overall United States for both men and women in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size