1. Am I Registered?
Go to the Illinois website to check whether you’re registered – bit.ly/IL-Voter-Registration.
If you’re already registered, it will tell you — awesome! — that’s it!
If not, go to How to Register.
2. Find out who’s on your ballot and who to vote for
A. Find your precinct and ballot
As of Feb. 6, 2021, the sample ballots have not yet been updated.
- Go to DuPage County’s Voter Lookup Page.
- Select “Search By Address”.
- Fill in your information and click “Search”.
- You’ll get a result like this. Notice that you can view a sample ballot. Make note of your precinct number.
B. Who to vote for
3. Decide how to vote
Vote early in person
Early voting begins Thursday, February 25, 2021 (40th day prior to Election Day).
Early voting ends Monday, April 5, 2021 (1 day prior to Election Day).
Check the DuPage Early Voting page for details of when and where to early vote: https://www.dupageco.org/earlyvoting/
Vote in person on Election Day
On Election Day, Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you are in line by closing time, you must be allowed to vote.
Vote by Mail
- If you have received a paper ballot at home, you must vote with that ballot. Be sure to sign the back of the envelope! Return it in the mail (risky at this late date) or in an official drop box in Wheaton or at any early voting location or any poll on election day. You do not need postage to return your ballot. The deadline is ???, 2021.
If you forget or change your mind and wish to vote in person you can bring it to an early voting location or polling place and vote in person.
- Starting when the ballot is mailed to you can track your ballot here: dupage.ballottrax.net/voter/
- If you have questions or a problem or to obtain forms, call directly at (630)407-5600 or visit in person at 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 or visit on-line at dupageco.org/election
Yes, You May Vote! DON’T ACCEPT “NO”!
On Election Day, you must vote at the correct polling place. You can look it up online at https://ova.elections.il.gov/PollingPlaceLookup.aspx. If you show up at the wrong polling place, a judge should be able to direct you to the correct one. If you have a disability and need assistance with voting, you are legally entitled to bring someone to assist you to vote.
You are not required to show identification at the polling place if you still reside at the address where you are registered to vote.
You will give the judge your name, address and then sign the form the judge gives you. Please use your “normal” signature; the judge may request you to sign in the same manner as your signature on record.
The only exception to this is if you registered by mail or online and didn’t include the necessary identification with your registration. In this case, two forms of identification are required before casting a ballot for the first time, one containing your current address. Having a state-issued photo ID often can avoid a provisional ballot or eligibility challenges. We highly recommend you bring this to save time and ensure your ability to vote. You should not be asked to show your social security card as they will not be able to use that to identify you.
If You Have a Mail-in Ballot and Want to Vote on Election Day
If you have obtained a mail-in ballot, you must surrender both the ballot and envelope at the polling place to be able to vote. If you do not bring these materials, you will have to vote a Provisional Ballot.
You are always entitled to cast a Provisional Ballot if for any reason you don’t meet the above requirements. There are NO circumstances that “disqualify” you from voting a Provisional Ballot! (Except if you are at the wrong polling place.) If you vote a Provisional Ballot, please carefully note the following to be sure your vote is counted:
- Provisional Ballots, once cast, are set aside until the voter’s qualifications can be established. If you vote with a Provisional Ballot, unless voting during specially extended poll hours (case #3 below), you will need to provide proof of eligibility at the County Clerk’s office at 421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton within the next 48 hours after the election if you did not do so at the time of voting. Most people that use a provisional ballot aren’t aware that they need to do this.
- It is up to you to verify that your provisional ballot has been counted. You can look this up on the same page used to check your registration: https://dupageco.org/VoterLookup/.
From the Pollwatcher’s Toolkit at ballot-integrity.org/pollwatcher-toolkit-dupage-county.pdf :
There are six separate circumstances in which a provisional ballot is appropriate:
- The person’s registration cannot be verified: Their name does not appear in any of the following:
- The ballot-application book.
- The regular or supplemental voter-registration sheets.
- The Board of Elections master list of registered voters. (This latter list must be checked by a phone call from a judge to the Board of Elections.)
- The person’s voting status has been challenged by an election judge, a poll watcher, or any legal voter; and the challenge has been sustained by a majority of the election judges
- A federal or State court order extends the time for closing the polls beyond the time period established by State law and the person votes during the extended time period
- The voter registered to vote by mail and is required by law to present ID when voting either in person or by absentee ballot, but fails to do so.
- The voter’s name appears on the list of voters who voted during the early voting period, but voter claims to have not voted during the early voting period.
- The voter received an absentee ballot but did not return the absentee ballot to the election authority.
Prepared by the Lisle Township Democratic Organization