City of Bloomington, Illinois
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115 E. Washington St., Room 403, PO Box 2400       Bloomington, IL  61702

     
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VOTER REGISTRATION

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?

  • A citizen of the United States AND

  • 18 years of age on or before the date of the next election (you may register prior to your 18th birthday) AND

  • Resident of the precinct at least 30 days as of the date of the next election AND

  • Must provide two pieces of identification, at least one of which contains the applicant’s residential address.  Acceptable identification may include but is not limited to:
    Driver's License or IL State ID#
    Social Security Card (last 4 digits)
    Utility Bill
    Employee or Student Identification Card
    Credit Card
    Birth Certificate
    Public Assistance Identification Card
    Library Card

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?

  • Board of Elections, 115 E. Washington St., Room 403, Bloomington IL 61701. Open weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., some Saturdays as announced.

  • Department of Motor Vehicles (SOS) Driver's License Facility (only when getting a new license or state ID, renewing or changing same)

  • Bloomington Public Library

  • McLean County Clerk's office

  • With precinct committeeman.  Information is available from the McLean County political party committees or on their websites.  See Links page.

  • At a voter registration drive.  Volunteer deputy registrars work throughout the City of Bloomington.  Occasionally organizations hold voter registration drives which are announced in the local news media.

  • By mail.  See below.

  • Beginning July 2014, paperless online voter application to register will be available through Illinois State Board of Elections.

Can I register by mail?

YES.  THIS
mail-in form may be used.  To type in form before printing, use this and hand write your email address (optional). YOU MUST PRINT, SIGN, AND MAIL if using one of these forms.

  • Print with a black pen and complete all areas of the application. 

  • Sign the application.

  • Mail to Bloomington Board of Elections, 115 E. Washington St., Room 403, PO Box 2400, Bloomington, IL  61702. 

  • If you register by mail, BE SURE TO INCLUDE REQUIRED ID NUMBERS on the application or it will be rejected

  • It is OPTIONAL to give your phone number and/or email address.  If given, it can help us communicate with you; HOWEVER by law it becomes part of your voter record which is made available to candidates and political parties (not to the general public.)

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:
The Board of Election Commission Office
115 E. Washington St., Room 403
Bloomington, IL 61701
Phone (309) 888-5136
Fax     (309) 888-5776

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"Administering fair, accurate, nonpartisan elections in the City of Bloomington, Illinois since 1914."

Contact the
Election Commission during office hours:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday-Friday
Phone (309) 888-5136
Fax (309) 888-5776 
Email
becvote @ becvote.org
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Elections in the remainder of McLean County are administered by the McLean County Clerk.
Please ignore any double underlined links in this website. They are not put on here by the Board of Elections.
 

 

 

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