Register to Vote

A citizen must be properly registered at his/her actual place of residence to be eligible to vote, to sign nomination petitions or to sign petitions for public questions to appear on the ballot. Voter registration prevents fraudulent voting on Election Day by providing a means of identifying voters.  To register, a person must be

  • A citizen of the United States AND
  • 18 years of age on or before the date of the next election, or 17 years of age on or before the date of the next General Primary Election if reaching 18 years of age on or before the date of the following General Election AND
  • Resident of the precinct at least 30 days as of the date of the next election AND
  • Must provide two pieces of identification, to show who you are and where you  live – at least one ID must show the applicant’s current residential address.

Acceptable identification (IDs) may include but is not limited to:

  • Driver’s License or IL State Identification #
  • Social Security Card (last 4 digits)
  • Utility Bill
  • Employee or Student Identification Card
  • Credit Card
  • Birth Certificate
  • Public Assistance Identification Card
  • Library Card

WHEN AND WHERE TO REGISTER

Up to 28 days preceding any election. All such registrations and address changes must be made in person or postmarked by the close of registration date (28 days before the election) for the voter to be eligible in that election. Such registrations are accepted again two days following the election.

  • In person at Board of Elections, 115 E. Washington St., Rm. 403, Bloomington; open weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • In person at McLean County Clerk, 115 E. Washington, Rm. 102, Bloomington
  • Online
  • By mail (see below)
  • At Department of Motor Vehicles (SOS) Driver’s License Facility, only when getting a new license or state ID, or renewing or changing same
  • Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive St.
  • At human services agency if applying for benefits
  • With deputy registrar
  • With precinct committeeman; party contact information on McLean County political party committees websites on Links page
  •  At voter registration drives as announced in local news media

Until the 15th day before Election Day (and see below).

Between the close of registration date and Election Day. This is called Grace period registration.

  • Register in person only
  • At the office
  • Must have 2 forms of acceptable ID (see above)
  • Vote at the same time

On Election Day. This is also called Grace period registration.

  • Register in person only
  • At your polling place
  • At the office
  • Must have 2 forms of acceptable ID (see above)
  • Vote at the same time

REGISTRATION ONLINE

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The Illinois paperless online registration application is now active, through Illinois State Board of Elections (closed during the statutory “close of registration” period before any election.)

REGISTRATION BY MAIL

This mail-in application may be used, or use type-in form before printing,  (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.  INCLUDE REQUIRED ID NUMBERS on the application or it will be rejected.
  • Including phone number and/or email address is OPTIONAL.  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.
  • Sign the application.
  • Mail to Bloomington Election Commission, 115 E. Washington St., Room 403, PO Box 2400, Bloomington, IL  61702.

REGISTRATION BY EMAIL, FAX, OR TELEPHONE

Voter registration in Illinois cannot be done by email, fax or telephone.

VOTER REGISTRATION POST CARDS

After registration application is received and processed by our office, a voter registration post card is sent to the voter by mail. If you do not receive your card within 30 days, contact us. The card tells which election districts you live in and your polling place location.

If there is a change in your districts or polling place at any time, you will be sent a new card. In the summer of odd-numbered years, all voters in the city are mailed new cards. Cards are not sent yearly or prior to each election. Any old card should be thrown away if a new one is received.

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

To request the registration of a disabled applicant unable to appear at a registration location, contact this office and a registration officer will be sent to take the registration in person.