Election information

Illinois’ primary election continues through today

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.

Prepare for the Primary: Find Your Polling Place and Research Candidates


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:


Want to do even more research? Check out our Voting Research Guide!

Super Tuesday: 2020 Nomination Election Panel (video)

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.

Early Voting Information

For the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election, traditional Early Voting will take place March 2-16

Early Voting locations and hours in suburban Cook County can be found here .

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?

  1. Voters do not need to provide an excuse or reason why they cannot vote on Election Day.
  2. 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.

Important dates

 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
 3/17/2020  Election Day
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