Illinois Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodMail, online, and at the DMV.No ChangeSB0825 (passed)
Pg. 2
Permits "nonpartisan voter registration activities" at high schools.
DeadlineSixteen (16) days prior to election.No ChangeNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticYesNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Same DayYesNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuseNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoSB1863 (pg. 9)

Allowed anyone newly registering to vote to automatically apply for vote-by-mail.
SB0825 (passed) (pg. 136)

Allows voters to apply for permanent vote-by-mail status.
DeadlineFive days before electionNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle onlyNo ChangeSB0825 (passed) (pg. 136)

Allows voters to apply for permanent vote-by-mail status.

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDNot requiredNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxNot mentioned in statutes.SB1863 (pg. 8)

Allows local election officials to establish "secure collection sites for the postage-free return of vote by mail ballots."
No Legislative Activity
Return DeadlineFive days prior to the electionSB1863 (pg. 9)

Extended return deadline for vote-by-mail ballots to the close of the polls on Election Day, 2020.
No Legislative Activity

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNot mentionedNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Limited 3rd PartyAllowed by anybody appointed by voter.No ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Paid Political OperativesNot mentionedNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesSB1863 (pg. 13)

Expanded early voting hours to 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
No Legislative Activity
Curbside VotingNoSB1863 (pg. 12)

Allowed local election authorities to administer curb-side voting programs.
HB1871 (pg. 4) and HB0825 (pg. 132) (passed)

Allows local election officials to administer curbside voting.

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Witness StatementNoNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Other---
Cure ProcessNo Cure ProcessNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDNot requiredNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Other OptionsPersonal identification affidavit No ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Provisional BallotsNo No ChangeNo Legislative Activity

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours6:00 AM to 7:00 PMNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Wait TimeNot mentionedNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Electioneering100 feetNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Other-SB1863 (pg. 3)

Made Election Day 2020 a state holiday.
SB0825 (passed)
Pg. 7

Makes Election Day 2022 (November 8, 2022) a state holiday.

Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyContinuousNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalAccording to the NVRANo ChangeNo Legislative Activity