Illinois

Land of Lincoln

Motto:
State Sovereignty, National Union


Constitution

Illinois is the home state of former president Barack Obama, under whom Joe Biden served as Vice President. Overall 6,033,744 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting total state turnout at about 67%. The state swung heavily for Joe Biden, who won its 20 electoral votes with 57.6% of the popular vote. Illinois has consistently voted for Democrat presidential candidates since 1992.

Illinois has a bicameral legislature with 59 senators and 118 representatives. Democrats have held the majority in both chambers since 2003. Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

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.

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Illinois averages a 39% rating, reflecting its left leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

Cases