REV’D UP

REV'd Up

Get REV’d Up and ready to vote! This page is your ultimate guide to participating in Illinois elections. From registering to vote to finding reliable information about candidates and understanding the different voting methods, we’ve got everything you need to make your voice heard. Let’s ensure your vote counts and drive our democracy forward!

Registering to Vote

To participate in elections in Illinois, you must be registered to vote. Here’s what you need to be eligible:

  • Be a United States Citizen.
  • Be at least 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General or Consolidated Election (16-year-olds may preregister to vote).
  • Reside in your election precinct for at least 30 days before Election Day.
  • Not be serving a sentence in any penal institution due to a conviction.
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Online registration is available most of the year on the State of Illinois Election Division website, accessible via VOTE411.org and County Election Division websites. Identification documents are required.

The League of Women Voters of Naperville (LWVN) holds in-person voter registration drives. To request our Deputy Registrars, contact LWVN Voter Service at lwvnaperville.voterservice@gmail.com. Identification documents are required.

Secretary of State offices also register voters. Check their website for more details.

Illinois offers same-day registration. You can register and vote on the same day with proper identification.

    Engagement

    Where to go for factual information about the candidates:

    • VOTE411.org: LWVN populates this national, nonpartisan online voter guide with firsthand information from candidates, including photos, campaign information, answers to posed questions (posted verbatim), and videos. VOTE411 also generates a sample ballot based on your address.
    • Candidate Forums: LWVN hosts Zoom-based online candidate forums. All candidates on the ballot are invited. Forums are moderated by a geographically neutral, trained moderator, with equal time allotted for statements and question responses. These forums can be viewed live on Zoom or our Facebook page and are later posted to our YouTube Channel and VOTE411.org.
    • Candidate Websites/Social Media: Candidates typically share their positions and event calendars on their websites and social media.
    • Illinois Voter Guide: This nonpartisan online guide is produced by LWVIL and provides another resource for learning about candidates.
    • Illinois State Bar Association: The State Bar offers a recommendation report on judicial candidates. Visit their website for more information.  for more information.

    This list is not exhaustive. LWVN encourages all voters to actively learn about the candidates who wish to represent them.

            Voting in Illinois

            Illinois has three ways eligible voters may place their vote.

            1. Vote By Mail (VBM): No reason necessary. Request a vote-by-mail ballot from your County’s Election Division website. Be aware of deadlines for requesting and returning ballots. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day.
            2. Early Voting: Counties provide various locations for in-person voting before Election Day. Locations often include the Election Division office, local libraries, government buildings, and places of worship. Check your County’s Election Division website for locations, dates, and hours.
            3. Election Day Voting: Vote in person at your designated polling place on Election Day. Voting hours are 6 AM to 7 PM. If you are in line by 7 PM, you have the right to vote. Note: DuPage County voters can vote at any official polling place within the county.