Illinoisans Approach Upcoming Deadlines for Voter Registration

SPRINGFIELD, IL — New voters have until today, Oct. 11, to postmark their mail-in application to register to vote in the Nov. 8 midterm election. 

Should Illinois voters submit their application online, they have until Sunday, Oct. 23 at midnight. Additionally, Illinoisans should double-check their voter registration in order to update or correct any appropriate information, said Jay Young, Common Cause Illinois’ executive director.

“The right to vote is the foundation of our government, and elections — both generals and primaries — are a key element of that foundation,” Young said.  “Please encourage your friends, family, and community to spend a few minutes ensuring their right to vote is intact and ready for Nov. 8 by registering to vote.” 

Illinoisans can register to vote online and make any needed changes to existing voter registrations at

If Illinoisans miss the Oct. 11 or 23 deadline, they can still register through Same Day registration on Election Day at designated voter locations.

Other important election-related dates for voters: 

  • Now – Nov. 7: Voters can request absentee or vote-by-mail ballots. If they request by mail, the request must be received by Nov. 3. 
  • Now – Nov. 7: Early voting period. Check with your election authority for details.
  • Nov. 8: Absentee/mail-in ballots must be returned, either in person or by mail and postmarked by Nov. 8.
  • Nov. 8, Election Day: Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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