It is also the only way to vote if you are not registered or if your voter registration is not up to date.

Guidelines limit when and where grace period registrants can vote – during the 27 day grace period, voters must register and vote in person at one of the Clerk’s designated grace period locations.

Voter registration forms vary on a state-by-state basis.

English Spanish Hindi Chinese Korean Polish Eligible suburban Cook County residents can also register to vote in person with a certified registrar by going to: If you miss both voter registration deadlines, you may still register to vote during the Grace Period or on Election Day.

Grace Period Registration and Voting extends the registration period by allowing voters to register and vote until the Monday before an election.

Below you can find information for each of the four ways to register during the standard voter registration period.

Please make sure to check the specific deadline for the form you select as dates differ depending on the method of registration.

To change a voter registration address in Illinois, a citizen must fill out and submit an Illinois Voter Registration Application no later than 28 days prior to an election. Print the completed voter registration form, and then add the date and your signature by hand.

Obtain a voter registration form on the Illinois State Board of Elections website. Photocopy your current, valid state-issued ID or another document that states your name and current address.

Visit the Election Authority section of the Illinois State Board of Elections website to view a list of addresses by county.