In the state of Illinois, a citizen must be properly registered to be eligible to vote, to sign nomination petitions, or to sign petitions for public questions to appear on the ballot. A voter must be registered at his/her actual place of residence, which means that you need to register again to update your address if you move. 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 old on or before the date of the next election (17-year-olds may register for a General Primary Election if they reach 18 years of age by the following General Election) AND
- Resident of the precinct for at least 30 days before the next election
Close of Registration:
In-Person and Mailed voter registrations and address changes must be made by the 28th day before each election. On-Line registrations must be made by the 15th day before the election. Any registrations needed after these dates must be completed through Grace Period Registration, which is done in-person and you would vote at the time of registration. Two days after each election, voter registration is open again for the following election.
Registering in person
To register in person, you must be able to prove who you are and where you live by providing two pieces of identification. Both ID’s must have your name, and at least one ID must show your current residential address. Acceptable ID’s include but are not limited to: Driver’s License or IL State ID, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate, Employee or Student Identification Card, Public Assistance Identification Card, Lease or Mortgage, Utility Bill, Medical/Vehicle Insurance Card, Library Card, or Credit Card. Digital ID’s shown on a cellphone CAN be used as proof of name and address. The digital ID must be current (the latest statement available) but more than 30 days old (to prove residency for at least 30 days).
Up to 28 days preceding any election.
- Bloomington Board of Elections, 115 E. Washington St., Rm. 403; open weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- McLean County Clerk, 115 E. Washington, Rm. 102, Bloomington
- Department of Motor Vehicles (Secretary of State) when getting a new or renewing an old drivers license or state ID
- Bloomington Public Library, 205 E. Olive St.
- Human Services agency if applying for benefits
- With deputy registrar
- With precinct committeeman
- At voter registration drives
After the 28 day Close of Registration through Election Day.
This is called Grace Period Registration, which allows you to register and vote if the Close of Registration has already passed.
- Must register in person
- Must have 2 forms of acceptable ID
- You will Vote at the same time.
- If before Election Day, Grace Period registration is done at the office.
- If on Election Day, Grace Period registration is done at your polling place or at the office.
Until the 15th day before Election Day.
- Must have a valid state of Illinois driver’s license or state ID
- Visit the State of Illinois Online Registration
Registering BY MAIL
Mail-in applications can be mailed to our office and processed up until the Close of Registration on February 18, 2020. All applications postmarked after the Close of Registration will not be processed until after the election on March 17, 2020.
This mail-in application may be printed and mailed to our office.
- Print with a black pen and complete all areas of the application.
- Application MUST INCLUDE required ID numbers and your signature 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.
- Must be postmarked by the Close of Registration date. Mail to Bloomington Election Commission, PO Box 2400, Bloomington, IL 61702.
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.
REGISTRATION BY EMAIL, FAX, OR TELEPHONE
Voter registration in Illinois cannot be done by email, fax or telephone.
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.