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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Illinois.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 November 7 Municipal General Election -- Date: November 7,2017

Deadlines

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 March 20 PRIMARY ELECTION -- Date: March 20,2018

Deadlines
February 2, 2018 :Last day for the election authority to have in their office a sufficient number of ballots printed and available for mailing to persons in the United States Service or their spouse and dependents of voting age, citizens temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and nonresident civilians.
February 8, 2018 :First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the confines of the United States who has made application to vote by mail.
February 8, 2018 :First day for early voting at the office of the election authority and temporary locations designated by the election authority. Temporary polling locations for early voting can be established at the discretion of the election authority, and the dates and hours are also at the discretion of the election authority.
February 20, 2018 :Last day for registration of voters by deputy registrars, including municipal, township and road district clerks and precinct committeemen. Area and precinct registration may apply to the City of Chicago and Cook County. Please check with these jurisdictions for registration deadlines.
March 4, 2018 :Last day for voters to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website.
March 15, 2018 :Last day for the election authority to receive application to vote by mail from any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States.
March 19, 2018 :Last day for early voting at the office of the election authority and permanent locations designated by the election authority. Temporary early voting locations may be established by the election authority, but are not required to maintain the same voting days and hours as the election authority.

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

Deadlines
August 8, 2018 :First day for any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States, to make application by mail or in person to the election authority for an official vote by mail ballot.
August 30, 2018 :Last day for candidates who filed nomination papers with the county clerk to file withdrawal of nomination papers in the office of the county clerk.
September 21, 2018 :Last day for the election authority to have in his office a sufficient number of ballots printed and available for mailing to persons in the United States Service or their spouse and dependents, citizens temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States and nonresident civilians.
September 27, 2018 :First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the confines of the United States who has made application to vote by mail.
September 27, 2018 :First day for early voting at the office of the election authority and temporary locations designated by the election authority. Temporary polling locations for early voting can be established at the discretion of the election authority, and the dates and hours are also at the discretion of the election authority.
October 9, 2018 :Last day for registration of voters by deputy registrars, including municipal, township and road district clerks and precinct committeemen. Area and precinct registration may apply to the City of Chicago and Cook County. Please check with these jurisdictions for registration deadlines.
October 21, 2018 :Last day for voters to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website.
November 1, 2018 :Last day for the election authority to receive application by mail for a vote by mail ballot from any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States.
November 1, 2018 :Last day for the election authority to conduct public test of automatic tabulating equipment, Optical Scan Equipment and Direct Recording Electronic Voting Equipment.
November 5, 2018 :Last day for early voting at the office of the election authority and locations designated by the election authority.

Good To Know

Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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