Early Voting for Nov. 8 Election Starts Sept. 29, Last Day to Register Oct. 11


Wednesday, September 28, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR || @maywoodnews

Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election in Illinois starts Thursday, Sept. 29 and will last until Nov. 7. Anyone planning on casting a ballot this election cycle should register by Oct. 11, although there is a grace period for residents.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE), grace period registration is “an extension of the regular registration deadline.”

“Grace period registration authorizes each election authority to establish procedures for the registration of voters and for change of address during the period from the close of registration for an election through Election Day,” the ISBE notes.

“Although the traditional voter registration period closes 28 days prior to the election, grace period registration extends that deadline from the 27th day prior to an election through Election Day. Grace period registration is only available ‘in-person’ at designated sites.”

For more information on grace period voting, click here. In order to register online, click here. From more general voting information, click here. According to the ISBE, in order to vote:

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General Election.
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • Not be convicted and in jail.
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

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