Voter registration is intended to prevent fraudulent voting on Election Day by providing a means of identifying voters. Unless exempt (members of the Armed Forces, see below), a citizen must be properly registered at his/her actual place of residence before he/she is eligible to vote, to sign nomination petitions or to sign petitions for questions of public policy in the City of Bloomington.
Who is qualified to Register to Vote?
When can I register to vote?
Up to 28 days preceding any election, all registrations and address changes must be made in person or postmarked for the voter to be eligible in that election. The close of registration date is always noted on the home page election calendar. Registrations are accepted again two days following the election. Grace period registration and changes must be made in person during office hours. Grace period begins the day after the close of registration and ends the Saturday before the election.
Where can I register to vote?
Can I register by mail?
Can I register by email, by telephone, or online?
2013 legislation updates require paperless online registration application system to be in place by July 2014. Access POVRA through Illinois State Board of Elections when it becomes available. Until then, there is no phone or electronic online voter registration in Illinois.
How do I know if I am registered?
After registration application is received and processed by our office, a voter registration post card is sent to the voter by mail. If a card is not received within 30 days, call us at 309-888-5136. The card tells which election districts you live in and where your regular polling place is located. If you receive a new card and you have not requested it, it is likely there has been a change in your districts or polling place. Your old card should then be thrown away.
In the summer of odd-numbered years, all voters in the city receive new cards. Cards are not sent yearly or prior to each election.
What if I change my name?
Any previously registered voter who changes his/her name must re-register and cancel the former registration. A change of name requires a new registration and a new signature from the applicant.
MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES
Registration requirements do not apply to members of the United States Armed Forces on active duty, members of the United States Armed Forces who have been discharged within 60 days before an election, or to certain qualified residents who are absent from McLean County.
PERSONS WITH A DISABILITY
Any qualified applicant who is disabled and unable to
appear at a registration location may call or write to our office to request to
register to vote. Upon receipt of the request, the Board will send a registration officer
to take the registration in person.
To request the registration of a disabled applicant, contact:
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