There a multiple ways to register to vote or update your voter registration. To get started, here are the requirements to vote in Illinois:
- Must be a United States (US) Citizen
- There is no waiting period once a person becomes a citizen.
- United States citizenship is usually acquired by birth when a child is born in the U.S. states. This includes the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands (after 1986) and U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Residents of American Samoa are US Nationals but not US Citizens.
- Citizenship is also acquired by a child born of at least one US parent outside the United States or through naturalization.
- Naturalization is the legal act or process by which US citizenship is granted to a foreign citizen or national after they fulfill the requirements established by Congress in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
- Must be 18 years of age ON or BEFORE the date of the NEXT GENERAL ELECTION or 17 years of age to vote in a Primary Election if the individual will be 18 ON or BEFORE the date of the General Election
- Must have been a resident of the precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day
- Display two pieces of identification
- Both pieces of identification must include the individual’s name
- One piece must include the individual’s current address
- Having a criminal record does not prevent someone from voting. Only individuals who have been sentenced (in state or federal court) AND are currently serving that sentence are prohibited from voting. If the individual is on parole or probation, they may register to vote.
- Confinement or detention in a jail PENDING acquittal or conviction of a crime DOES NOT DISQUALIFY AN INDIVIDUAL from registering to vote and voting.
WAYS TO REGISTER
- Update Your Existing Registration
If you are already registered in Champaign County or the state of Illinois but need to update your address or name, you can do that at https://ova.elections.il.gov/
If you moved from an address in Champaign County to a different address within Champaign County, you can use the Change of Address form listed on the right under Elections Paper Forms.
- Online Voter Registration
Registering online is easy and safe. Once you have completed the required information, it is transmitted from the State Board of Elections to the Clerk's Office. We verify it in our records, send you a voter registration card and you're ready to go! The entire process from completing the online form to us mailing your voter registration card takes about 7 days. And just a reminder, the voter registration card is for your information, it is not required to vote.
Register online to vote at https://ova.elections.il.gov/
Remember you will need the last 4 digits of your social security number and your Illinois driver's license or state ID number with issue date.
- Grace Period Registration
Grace period voter registration and voting is an opportunity for anyone that has missed the regular registration deadlines to register and vote during the same trip. Grace period is available for 14 days before an election and on Election Day. The voter must fulfill all the same requirements to register to vote and once they do, they must register and vote during that same trip.
Anyone eligible to vote in Champaign County can go to any of the early voting sites to grace period register and vote.
An ID and piece of mail no more than 30 days old are required to register. For a detailed list of acceptable ID and address verification, see here.
- Paper Voter Registration
Print the Voter Registration Application linked in the column on the right under Elections Paper Forms, complete it, and return it to the Clerk's Office. Make sure you complete all the required fields. Missing information will delay or prevent you from being registered to vote. You can return the form by mail or drop it off at the Clerk's Office in-person.
To mail the form, address it to:
Champaign County Clerk
1776 E Washington St
Urbana, IL 61802