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Voter Services

This guide offers students help registering to vote, finding ballots, and voting absentee.

Online and Mail-in Registration


To register to vote, you must:
 - be a U.S. citizen, and
 - be 18 on or before the next General Election (11/03/2020); Born on or before Nov. 3. 2002
 - live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election, and
 - not claim the right to vote elsewhere; and
 - not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction. (Note: Ex-convicts who have completed their sentences and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois even if on parole.)

Also be aware that automatic Voter Registration has NOT been fully implemented yet.

All States

Registering in Person

You may also register to vote at early voting sites or at your polling place on election day.  You must show two (2) forms of ID. At least one (1) ID must list your current address ( a student ID together with an envelope that went through the mail from the University addressed to you can serve as appropriate forms of ID).

Acceptable forms of ID

  - Passport or Military ID
  - Driver's License or State ID card
  - College/University/School/Work ID
  - Vehicle registration card
  - Lease, mortgage or deed to home
  - Credit or debit card
  - Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid card
  - Insurance card
  - Civic, union or professional membership card
  - LINK/Public Aid/Department of Human Services card
  - Illinois FOID card

Examples of mail addressed to voter that can be used as ID:
  - Bill, Transcript or Report Card from School
  - Bank Statement, Pay Stub or Pension Statement
  - Utility, Medical or Insurance Bill

For more information see Chicago BoE: In Person Registration   - Official mail from any government agency

Register to Vote

Graphic: "Register to Vote"

Deputy Voter Registrars in the Library