Register to Vote

Registering to vote has never been easier or more convenient. You can register online, in person or you can download registration forms and register through the mail. Below you can find information for each of the four ways to register during the standard voter registration period. Please make sure to check the specific deadline for the form you select as dates differ depending on the method of registration.
 

1. Online

If you have an Illinois driver's license or state ID, you may register online through the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

2. PDF

If you do not have a driver's license or state ID, fill out a form online, print, sign and mail it in.

3. Paper

If you don't have a driver's license or state ID, download a mail-in voter registration card, print, fill out, sign and mail it in.

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4. In Person

Eligible suburban Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to:

 

Identification needed when registering in person

If registering to vote in person, you must display two pieces of identification. Neither needs to be a photo ID, but one must include your current address. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Illinois driver's license
  • Illinois state ID
  • Employee or student ID
  • Credit card
  • Social security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Utility bill in applicant's name
  • Mail postmarked to the applicant
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Lease or rental contract

For voters outside suburban Cook County, please visit your city or county’s website for more information.


Voting Rights for the Formerly Incarcerated:
Formerly incarcerated citizens who have served their time are eligible to register and vote in Illinois.  While there are states with restrictions on voting rights for the formerly incarcerated, in Illinois there is no distinction between formerly incarcerated community members (regardless of their crime) and their fellow citizens. The Clerk’s office encourages every eligible citizen to register at their current address and take an active role in our democratic process.

Voting Rights for Jail Detainees:
The Cook County Clerk’s office wants to make sure that Cook County jail detainees are able to exercise their right to vote.

Jail detainees largely are eligible to vote – disenfranchisement laws don’t apply to someone who is awaiting trial – as they haven’t been convicted of a crime, and often, they are being held in jail because they can’t afford bail before their trial.

The Clerk’s office works with volunteers from advocacy and legal groups to give detainees the opportunity to both register and vote.

Detainees vote at the Jail, using mail ballots they have previously requested from visiting Clerk’s staff and volunteers. Voting day for detainees takes place on a specific day, usually a week before Election Day, during the Early Voting period.