The March 17, 2020, Illinois primary election includes voting for the Democratic presidential primary, the race for Cook County State’s attorney, the Republican primary for U.S. Senate and the Democratic primary for Illinois Supreme Court, plus others. To register on election day, residents must bring two forms of identification, one with a current address, to your polling place for same-day voting. Polling places throughout Illinois are scheduled to be open until 7:00 PM today.
The Illinois Primary Election is next week on Tuesday, March 17th! Here are a few links that may be useful as you prepare to vote:
- Look up your polling place on the Illinois State Board of Elections site.
- Find early voting locations, dates, and times near you.
- Research the candidates:
- The Chicago Bar Association offers an evaluation of judicial candidates’ professional qualifications, regardless of political affiliation. Read about their extensive evaluation process and download the Pocket Guide.
- The Chicago Sun Times has put together an extensive voter guide for the March 17th Primary, with detailed information on local primary races.
- Ballotpedia offers an easy tool to view all the races and candidates, from federal to municipal, on your ballot.
Want to do even more research? Check out our Voting Research Guide!
Political Science Professor’s Deron Schreck, Merri Fefles, and Kevin Navratil will examine the 2020 Nomination Elections, key races, the Illinois Primary and any other questions you may have about the 2020 Nomination Election. This is event is open to all and is sponsored by the by the Democracy Commitment.
For the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, traditional Early Voting will take place March 2-16.
If you live in the City of Chicago please visit chicagoelections.com for their Early Voting locations and other important information.
What do you need to Early Vote?
- Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot vote on Election Day.
- Government-issued photo ID is not required but is helpful if there is a question about the voter’s registration, address or signature. Providing an ID can also speed up the process because ID card readers are at every check-in station.
|2/19/2020||First day of grace period registration and voting|
|3/1/2020||Last day to register to vote by online application|
|3/2/2020||First day of early voting|
|3/12/2020||Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters|
|3/16/2020||Last day of early voting|
|3/16/2020||Last day of grace period registration and voting|
|3/17/2020||Last day mail ballots can be postmarked|