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The Illinois State Board of Elections and Cook County Clerk websites are the best places to get election information, but there's so much to know! We've put together some of the basics so you can make sure your vote counts.

Dates to Know

Sept. 24: Requested mail-in ballots start being sent

Oct. 6: Deadline for registering by mail to vote (must be postmarked by Oct. 6)

Oct. 18: Last day to register online to vote

Oct. 19: Early voting begins in Cook County

Oct. 29: Applications for a ballot by mail must be received

Nov. 3: Election Day


You can register to vote online, by mail, or in-person during early voting as well as Election day. If you're not sure if you're registered, you can check online

If you miss the registration deadlines, you can register during the grace period but must immediately cast your ballot.

How to Vote

You can vote by mail (including drop off at a secure mail ballot drop box) or in-person. Early voting begins Oct. 19 and can be done at any Cook County early voting site - you do not need to visit your assigned polling place.

On Election Day, Nov. 3, you must vote at your polling place. Don't know where that is? Type in your address and find out. All mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 to be counted.