Online Voting in Illinois

Online Voting: NOT YET X

Online Registration: YES 

 Registering to Vote in Illinois

Registering to vote is not complicated.  Most people are able to complete the application process in less than five minutes.  If you have trouble filling out the application, there are both online and offline resources you can use to help.

Don’t forget that you need to register to vote at least 27 days before the election you want to vote in.  If you have not heard anything back within two weeks after registering to vote, you should contact your county clerk to see how to proceed.

Also, keep in mind that address you provide on your registration application will determine which precinct you can vote in.  You are not allowed to show up any precinct on election day, and your votes will not count if you vote at the wrong poll.

Qualifications

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of the precinct where you vote
  • Must have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days

Where and How to Register

You can register to vote any time during the year except for the 27 days prior to an election.  You also can’t register the two days after an election.  There are many places to register to vote in Illinois, including:

  • School
  • County clerk’s office
  • Public libraries
  • Military recruitment offices
  • Township offices

You’ll need to bring along two forms of identification when registering to vote.  One of these forms of ID needs to show your current address.  If you prefer, you don’t have to register in person.  Instead, you can mail in an application.  If your application is approved, you will receive a voter ID card, which tells you where to vote at.  If you’re not sure whether or not you are registered to vote, you can always check online.

If you don’t want to mail in an application or apply in person, you’ll need to apply over the Internet.  You will be asked to provide proof of ID, and if the application goes through, you will receive your voter ID card in the mail.  If your application isn’t approved, you will receive a letter stating why you are not allowed to vote.  You may find that something as simple as a name change after marriage is keeping you from voting because you have not re-registered.

Make Sure Your Vote Counts

One of the best ways to make sure that your vote counts is by supporting Follow My Vote’s online voting platform.  This open source voting platform is designed around security, convenience, and most importantly, transparency.  Using the security of blockchain technology and elliptic curve cryptography, Follow My Vote  intends to ensure that democracy thrives through honest and verifiable elections worldwide.

Additional Resources

Illinois Board of Elections 

Illinois Election Law

Govtrack

Wikipedia

 

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