Election dates

Illinois election dates, 2022

Statewide election dates in Illinois are listed below. For more dates, please see the elections calendar.


Statewide election dates

June 28, 2022: Primary
November 8, 2022: General election

Polling hours:


Local election dates

Votermagnet covers municipal elections in the nation’s 100 largest cities by population, as well as contests for trial court judgeships and county posts that overlap with them.


Frequently asked questions


When are the polls open?

See State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2022) for more information


Where can I find election results?

Election results will be posted on Votermagnet’s election overview pages, as well as the relevant candidate pages. You can find links later on the homepage.


How do primaries work in Illinois?

A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party’s candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Illinois uses an open primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they do have to choose, publicly, which party’s ballot they will vote on at the primary election.


How do I register to vote?

To register to vote in Illinois, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of an Illinois precinct for at least 30 days prior to election day, and at least 18 years old by election day. A 17-year-old may vote in a primary if he or she will be 18 years old at the subsequent general election.

Regular registration closes during the period beginning 27 days prior to an election and ending two days after the election. Online registration closes 16 days prior to an election. Grace period registration is available in person through election day at certain locations.

Prospective voters can register online, by mail, or at any of the following locations:

  • County Clerk’s Office
  • Board of Election Commissioner’s Office
  • City and Village Offices
  • Township Offices
  • Precinct Committeeman
  • Schools
  • Public Libraries
  • Military Recruitment Offices

Two forms of identification are required to register in person, one of which must display the voter’s current address.


Who is eligible for absentee voting?

The table below displays absentee voting information specific to Illinois’ 2022 primary election.


Absentee voting in Illinois
Are there limits on who can request a ballot? N/A
Mail request deadline June 23, 2022
Request postmark or receipt deadline Received
Mail return deadline June 28, 2022
Return postmark or receipt deadline Postmarked
Notary/witness requirements N/A

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Illinois. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.

To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office between 90 and five days prior to the election if sent by mail. If applied for in person, it must be received no later than the day before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked no later than midnight the night before the election and received no later than 14 days after the election.

Under legislation signed into law in 2021, voters can sign on to a permanent vote-by-mail list, thereafter receiving official vote-by-mail ballots automatically for all subsequent elections.


What are the voter ID laws in Illinois?

See Voter identification laws by state.


How do I file to run for office?

See Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Illinois for information on how to run for state or federal office.