Election Day Tips
Do Your Homework
Learn all you can about the candidates and referendums on your ballot by checking various trustworthy sources, including the Illinois Voter Guide.
Go to the Right Place
Poll locations can change. Be sure to locate your polling place before you go to vote. Contact the elections office or board of elections for your county, city, or state. For more information about voting in your jurisdiction, contact your local election authority.
Will I need any identification when I vote?
You are not required to show identification at the polling place if you are registered to vote from the address where you reside. The only exception to this is if you registered BY MAIL and failed to include the necessary identification with the registration.
If you registered by sending in a mail-in application, and did not supply the required identification, two forms of identification may be required before casting a ballot.
Get a Ballot
Don’t panic if you registered to vote but your name is not on the list. Get help from a poll worker to make sure your vote is counted. You should be given a provisional ballot or given directions to another polling place.
Poll workers are there to help you. They’ll show you how to use the voting machine or give you a provisional ballot if you need one. Ask, or read the signs at your polling place, which have instructions, list your voting rights, and say how to file a complaint.
Access to Polls and Voting
Handicapped or elderly voters who cannot access the polling place can request to vote outside the entrance. Make the request to the election authority the day before the election.
Stay and Vote
You probably won’t have to wait too long. But even if the line is long, don’t leave without voting. The outcome of this election will be important!