Student Voting Guide
Laws are constantly in flux. Check out this easy-reference student voting guide for your voting concerns.
Registering to Vote
Registering is a very easy process, and there is a convenient method for everyone to register. The easiest way to register (recommended) is by visiting the Rock the Vote registration widget. Simply follow the directions and make sure you enter all of your information correctly. After you have completed the application, you must print and sign the form and mail it to the address printed on the registration form.
To be eligible to vote you must:
- Be 18 years or older
- Be a U.S Citizen
- Have lived in your election precinct for at least 30 days before election day
- Not claim the right to vote in more than one precinct
You can register to vote in Chicago by:
- Printing and submitting a mail-in voter registration form that you can find at the link below: http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_455.pdf
- Registering in person at the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago:
69 W. Washington St.
Suite 600, Sixth Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602
- Contacting any Secretary of State's office where driver's licenses and state IDs are issued.
Cook County (non Chicago residents)
If you are a Cook County resident, but not a resident of Chicago, you may register to vote by completing a voter registration application which can be obtained at the Cook County Clerk’s Office or by mail. Call 312.603.0906 to request an application.
- First-time voters who register by mail no longer have to vote in person the first time they vote. They can either vote in person or vote absentee by mail.
- When submitting a voter registration application:
- Fill out the entire application
- Sign the application
- Mail the completed, signed application to:
David Orr, Cook County Clerk
69 W. Washington St., Room 500
Chicago, IL 60602
Eligible voters can also register to vote in person by visiting one of the following locations:
- One of the Cook County Clerk’s 6 locations:
- A village, city, or township clerk:
- An Illinois Secretary of State Drivers License Facility:
- Registering with a trained Deputy Registrar Volunteer:
Illinois—Obtaining a Voter Registration Form
One can register to vote in person or obtain a mail-in application form from any of the following locations:
|1. County Clerk’s Office—Find your county address and information at this website. https://votesmart.org/elections/offices/IL#.UbnonJwsM4I|
|2. Board of Election’s Office||7. Public Libraries|
|3. City and Village Offices||8. Military Recruitment Offices|
|4. Township Offices||9. Driver’s License Facilities|
|5. Precinct Committeemen||10. Department of Health Care and Family Services|
|6. Select schools (public)||11. Department of Employment Security|
**The above information was obtained from the website of David Orr—Cook County Clerk
Other U.S States
The most centralized internet resource to register in all 50 states is http://www.rockthevote.com. Rock the Vote website also has an amazing map where you can select your state and:
- Register to Vote
- Find election information and deadlines for registrations, early voting, and request absentee ballots
- You can find your nearest polling place using your address
- Find information on what proof of ID your state may require
- Research ballot information (what is going on in your state legislature)
- Sign up to receive automated reminders to get you out to VOTE!
Voting on Election Day
After you have successfully registered to vote, you should receive a letter in the mail from the Board of Elections containing your voter registration card. The time frame for this process, however, varies from state to state. If you do not receive any information after two weeks, it is important that you contact your Secretary of State’s Office (for the state that you are registered to vote) in order to confirm your registration.
Visit the website below for a complete chart with the contact information for your Secretary of State.
Find Your Polling Place
After your have confirmed your registration, visit one of the websites below to find your polling place. Make sure to save the address and vote on Election Day. Remember, every vote counts!
Other Illinois Counties
- Search up by county—https://www.elections.il.gov/