This article will give you some basic information about voting in Illinois. In order to vote, you must be registered. The information below will answer some basic questions you may have about Registering to vote and the voting process.
Federal law states that a general election must be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November of even-numbered years. For example, the date of the general election for 2016 is November 8.
In Illinois, the primary elections for the major political parties is held on the third Tuesday in March of even-numbered years. In 2016, primaries were held on March 15.
Polling places are open on Election Day from 6:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. If a voter is in line at 7:00 P.M., the voter has a right to cast a vote.