Illinois' next Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 for President and other national, state and county positions and voters must declare a party in order to vote in this election. Whether you are a first time voter or 20th time voter, IADO wants to make sure that you have all the tools you need to make your voice heard.

CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION – Before election day, make sure you are still registered to vote. Perhaps you have moved, changed your name, or live in a neighborhood that changed zip codes. Even if nothing has changed, it’s a good idea to check to make sure your voter registration is still active. 

REGISTER TO VOTE – Are you turning 18 by the upcoming General Election on November 3, 2020 or will this be your first time voting? Although Illinois offers same day voter registration, take 2 minutes to register to vote today.

COLLEGE STUDENT VOTER GUIDE – Are you a college student? Congrats!!! Check out this site for everything you need to vote while at school. 

ABSENTEE BALLOT – Are you in the military or overseas? Military service members and US citizens living outside the US can register to vote, can request an absentee ballot, and can submit voting materials by mail, fax, or email.  Check this site for step-by-step help and rules about deadlines and other requirements. 

REVIEW YOUR BALLOT on BallotReady. Be an informed voter  know who you are voting for BEFORE you go to the polls. 

MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE: the more organized you are, the more likely you are to vote. 

  • How are you getting there? 

  • Who is taking care of the kids?

  • When are you going? – Make sure you know when the polls are open, note that certain times of day might have longer wait lines at the polls, coordinate with your co-workers and family members as necessary. Set a reminder on your calendar.

  • Do you need an ID to vote? 

  • How are you voting?

    • Early voting 

    • By mail – All registered voters may vote by mail. No reason or excuse is needed to vote by mail. 

    • In-person – check your address for polling locations on election day.

    • Provisional ballot – Don’t be turned away at the polls. If your voting eligibility is challenged, request a provisional ballot.  Read here for more information about provisional ballots and your rights.

  • How are you going to communicate with your friends, family, and co-workers that you have voted and encourage them to vote too?