Making Democracy Work

Voter Registration

Who Can Register to Vote

Voting is the most powerful way to have your voice heard, and it is the core of our democracy. It's your chance to stand up for what matters most to you and have an impact on the issues that affect you, your community and your future.

In order to exercise your right, you must be registered. Laws vary state to state. LWVChicago outlines the guidelines for voting in Chicago, IL.


  • You must be a US Citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the November Election Day (17 year olds are eligible to register for the March primary if they will be 18 by the November election)
  • 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.

Ex-convicts who have completed their sentences and who meet all other requirements listed above are eligible to register and vote in Illinois.

Want to check if you are registered? Verify your registration here.

How and When To Register

Applicants need two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the address for their new/updated registration.

Depending on how close to the election, individuals have different options for registration.


You can register at a voter registration drives held throughout the city prior to Election Day. LWVChicago members regularly volunteer at these events. Check our calendar for upcoming events.


Online registration is available in Illinois: It is possible to register to vote (or change your address) online in Illinois if:

  • The applicant has either an Illinois Driver's License or State ID.
  • The signature is used for the ballot application.
  • The applicant has a Social Security number


Illinois offers same day registration at your polling place. Find your Election Day polling place and your districts here.

A full list of details on registration is available on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners website

Or, you may contact them at 69 W Washington Street, Suites 600/800, Chicago, IL 60602, 312-269-7900.