The upcoming election is one of the most significant in our nation’s history, and it arrives during a pandemic that complicates the processes of voting. Thankfully, there is still time to register to vote in Illinois and make your plan for voting, whether you choose in-person voting on Election Day or early voting, or voting by mail. Below you’ll find key deadlines and resources that will help you exercise your political power in a safe and secure fashion.
General Voting Information: www.elections.il.gov
Register to Vote in Illinois:
- Register to vote in Illinois: https://rb.gy/dy3omb
- Check to see if you’re already registered using the state’s Voter Registration Lookup
- Deadline to register online: Sunday, October 18
- Deadline to register by mail: Tuesday, October 6 (must be postmarked)
- Deadline to register in person: Tuesday, November 3 (see Same-Day Registration below)
- Early voting takes place from Thursday, September 24 to Monday, November 2
- Dates, hours and locations of precincts may vary based on where you live. Find your location in Chicago, Cook County and Lake County
- Typically, early voting begins in courthouses and Board of Elections offices on September 24. Early voting then will take place in more locations and with longer hours starting on October 19.
- Deadline for in-person early voting: Monday, November 2.
- For more information on early voting: https://chicagoelections.gov/en/early-voting.html
Voting by Mail / Absentee Voting
- To request to receive your ballot by mail, fill out an online application.
- Deadline to request your mail-in ballot: Thursday, October 29 (your request must be *received* by the Election Authority by this date, so send it beforehand.)
- Deadline to send in your mail-in ballot: Tuesday, November 3 (ballot must be postmarked by this date)
- Use one of Chicago’s Secure Drop Boxes to return your mail-in ballot: find a Drop Box location near you
- For more information on voting by mail, go to: elections.il.gov/electionoperations/votingbymail.aspx
- Any eligible resident of Illinois can register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day.
- On Election Day, voters who are not already registered to vote can register and vote at their home precinct only.
- Materials required for same-day registration: Two forms of identification with at least one showing current address. Driver’s license and university or collage ID can be one of the two, as can current utility bill, bank statement, pay check, government check, or other government document that shows name and address. If a voter is unable to provide the required identification would vote provisionally.
- Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020
- Polls are open from 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
- COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS: Every voter is encouraged to wear a face mask that covers the mouth and nose, whether visiting to use Early Voting or to use a Secured Drop Box.
- Voters in line must practice social distancing with 6 feet (2 meters) of space between persons in line.
- If you are already registered on Election Day, you *do not* need to show a photo ID at your voting precinct.
Casting a Provisional Ballot
- When voting in-person, if your registration record cannot be found or your eligibility is questioned, you can still cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted if and when the Clerk’s office can verify your voting registration.
- Learn more about provisional voting
Fair Tax Referendum
- The referendum to decide on the Illinois Fair Tax will appear first on your ballot
- The language for the referendum will read as: The proposed amendment grants the State authority to impose higher income tax rates on higher income levels, which is how the federal government and a majority of other states do it. The amendment would remove the portion of the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution that is sometimes referred to as the “flat tax,” that requires all taxes on income to be at the same rate. The amendment does not itself change tax rates. It gives the State the ability to impose higher tax rates on those with higher income levels and lower tax rates on those with middle or lower income levels. You are asked to decide whether the proposed amendment should become a part of the Illinois Constitution.
- Learn more about the Illinois Fair Tax
If you need to report any suspicious election activity in the run up to November 3rd and on Election Day, contact the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee: 1-866-OUR-VOTE