Elmhurst University has all the resources you need to become an engaged, educated, and registered voter in Illinois or your home state.
In order to register to vote, you must meet these qualifications:
- You must be a United States citizen.
- You must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election (OR for a General Primary, must be 17 and will be 18 by the General Election).
- You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election.
- You must not currently be convicted and serving a sentence.
- You cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else.
Voter registration guidelines differ from state to state. In Illinois, you can register in person, by mail, or online by completing the voter registration application. You can also visit vote.gov to get more information on registration information.
Be aware that there are deadlines to register which vary by state. Please check the U.S. Vote Foundation to find your state’s deadline for registration.
Voters may be able to vote by mail or in-person at a designated polling location. Registered voters can find their polling place here. Registered voters should also check with their local election officials and/or state election office to learn more about absentee voting and eligibility.
Additional Resources for Voters
Here are some additional resources to educate yourself on the election process, voting methods, ballots, and other helpful information to keep you informed.