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Election Day Voting Information

VOTE ON ELECTION DAY

When & Where

On Election Day you can vote at your home precinct or at any of the universal locations listed below. Polls are open from 6AM-7PM. To find your home precinct, check your voter registration card or click here to look up your address.

Universal Locations are the same locations that served as early voting sites.

What To Expect When Voting On Election Day

When you vote in person, please wear a mask to protect yourself, fellow voters, and the Election Judges. Once you arrive, check in at the table with the Election Judges. They will ask for your name, possibly your date of birth, and have you sign on the signature pad. Once that signature has been verified to match the signature we have on record, you will be checked in and given the appropriate ballot.

Take your ballot and pen to a voting booth. Your children can accompany you into the voting booth. Please ensure they are not disruptive to the other voters and do not infringe on anyone's privacy. You can also take candidate materials or a list of candidates you want to vote for into the booth with you. They need to be brought in discretely and not shown to other voters.

There will be instructions in the voting booth on how to correctly fill out your ballot and the Election Judge will demonstrate it for you. Filling in the oval for your chosen candidate thoroughly is important as that is how the machine reads your vote. If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can return it to the Election Judge and you will be given a new one.

Once your ballot is completed to your satisfaction, place in the ballot privacy cover with the top 2 inches sticking out. Take your ballot in the cover to the tabulator machine, usually located near the exit. The Election Judge there will need to verify the check in Judge initialed the top of your ballot and then you can place it in the tabulator. The tabulation machine is programmed to alert voters if they do not vote in a race or vote for too many candidates in a race. Please watch the screen until it says your ballot has been cast. If there are any issues reading your ballot the machine will stop it and ask you to address them. You are not obligated to change your ballot and the screen will provide the option to accept the ballot as is or return it to you for changes. It is your choice.

Take an "I Voted" sticker and you're done!

Early Voting Information

VOTE EARLY

What is Early Voting

Early voting is the opportunity to vote in-person before Election Day. All eligible voters can vote early and they can vote at ANY of the early voting locations. Voting early is no different from voting on Election Day. If you have not changed your voter registration address or name since the last election and your signature matches, you should not need to show ID. If you have updated your voter registration address or name or  your signature does not match, you will be asked for ID. This is the same process if you voted on Election Day.

Early voting opens 40 days before Election Day at the County Clerk’s office and 14 days before Election Day at additional sites throughout the county.

Once a voter has voted early, they cannot rescind that vote. It is final. If you are not planning to vote by mail, early voting is a great way to vote without adding to the traffic and congestion of Election Day voting.

When & Where To Early Vote

Tentative Early Voting Sites for 2022

  • Activities & Recreation Center, 201 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820
  • Brookens Administrative Center, Lyle Shields Meeting Room, 1776 E Washington Street, Urbana, IL 61802
  • Illini Union, 1401 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801
  • Lake of the Woods, Elk's Pavilion, 301 Senna Drive, Mahomet, IL 61853 
  • Leonhard Recreation Center, 2307 Sangamon Drive, Champaign, IL 61821 
  • Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 South Duncan Road, Champaign, IL 61822 
  • Parkland College, Student Life Center, 2400 W Bradley, Champaign, IL 61821 
  • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 802 East Douglas Street, St. Joseph, IL 61873
  • The Church of the Living God, 312 East Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 
  • The Gathering Place (1st United Methodist Church), 200 S Century Blvd, Rantoul, IL 61866 
  • Tolono Public Library, 111 East Main Street, Tolono, IL 61880
  • University YMCA, 1001 S Wright St, Champaign, IL 61820
What To Expect When Early Voting

When you vote in person, please wear a mask to protect yourself, fellow voters, and the Election Judges. Once you arrive, check in at the table with the Election Judges. They will ask for your name, possibly your date of birth, and have you sign on the signature pad. Once that signature has been verified to match the signature we have on record, you will be checked in and given the appropriate ballot.

Take your ballot and pen to a voting booth. Your children can accompany you into the voting booth. Please ensure they are not disruptive to the other voters and do not infringe on anyone's privacy. You can also take candidate materials or a list of candidates you want to vote for into the booth with you. They need to be brought in discretely and not shown to other voters.

There will be instructions in the voting booth on how to correctly fill out your ballot and the Election Judge will demonstrate it for you. Filling in the oval for your chosen candidate thoroughly is important as that is how the machine reads your vote. If you make a mistake on your ballot, you can return it to the Election Judge and you will be given a new one.

Once your ballot is completed to your satisfaction, place in the ballot privacy cover with the top 2 inches sticking out. Take your ballot in the cover to the tabulator machine, usually located near the exit. The Election Judge there will need to verify the check in Judge initialed the top of your ballot and then you can place it in the tabulator. Please watch the screen until it says your ballot has been cast. If there are any issues reading your ballot the machine will stop it and ask you to address them. You are not obligated to change your ballot and the screen will provide the option to accept the ballot as is or return it to you for changes. It is your choice.

Take an "I Voted" sticker and you're done!

Frequently Asked Questions About Voting

For answers to frequently asked questions about voter registration, click here.

You can always check your voter status, find your polling location, verify your vote by mail ballot request, see your sample ballot, and more on our voter portal.

Don't see your question? Email it to us so we can answer it and add it to our website! You can reach us at elections@co.champaign.il.us.

WHERE IS MY POLLING LOCATION? CAN I VOTE ANYWHERE?

You can look up your polling location here or you can vote at any of our universal polling locations which are also listed here.

DO I NEED ID/VOTER REGISTRATION CARD TO VOTE?

If you are a first-time voter or need to change any of your voting information, it’s best to take a picture ID and a piece of mail with your current address.

Voter registration cards are not needed to vote.

I LIVE HERE PART OF THE YEAR AND SOMEWHERE ELSE PART OF THE YEAR, CAN I VOTE AT BOTH PLACES?

No, you cannot. Pick one address to be registered at and vote in that district.

I RECEIVED A VOTE BY MAIL APPLICATION FROM A THIRD PARTY. DO I HAVE TO USE IT?

No, you do not have to use that application. You can if you want. We encourage you to request your vote by mail application on our website here.

I AM ON THE REGISTERED SEX OFFENDER LIST, WHERE CAN I VOTE?

Elections do not preempt laws that restrict access to individuals on the sex offender registry. The best option is to vote by mail or to vote at the Clerk’s Office.

IS VOTE BY MAIL SAFE?

Vote by mail has been around since the Civil War and is a safe and reliable way to vote. Vote by mail used to be called “Absentee” but now any eligible voter can vote by mail/vote at home. States all across the U.S. are almost entirely vote by mail because of the cost savings, security, and ease of voting.  There are numerous checks and balances in place throughout the entire vote by mail process to ensure complete transparency, integrity and accuracy.

Vote by mail uses the same machines for ballot printing, tabulation, voter verification and checking in as in-person voting and all machines are developed and governed by strict federal rules.

ARE VOTE BY MAIL BALLOTS DIFFERENT THAN IN-PERSON BALLOTS?

Not at all. You would vote for the same offices as if you voted in-person.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY BALLOT IS COUNTED?

Ballots are checked in, verified, and cast by a multi-judge panel with judges from both parties. This ensures everything is done according to statue and accurately. If you log into My Voter Information, it will tell you when your ballot has been received by the Clerk's Office. If there is anything that would prevent your ballot from being cast, the Clerk’s Office would contact you immediately to rectify the issue.

WHAT IF MY BALLOT IS REJECTED? THEN WHAT HAPPENS?

If there is anything that would prevent your ballot from being cast, the Clerk’s Office would contact you immediately to rectify the issue and you would have 14 days from election day to resolve the issue.

WHY ARE PEOPLE SAYING THEY GOT MORE THAN ONE BALLOT IN THE MAIL?

Duplicate ballots occur in vote by mail. It’s a precaution of making sure the voter gets their ballot. There is no need for alarm. The duplicate ballot can be returned to the Clerk’s Office with duplicate written across the top. There is no possibility of a voter being able to vote more than once because they received duplicate ballots. Once a ballot is returned it is immediately scanned into the system as returned. Any additional ballots for the same voter would be flagged as duplicates and not counted.

CAN I PICK UP MY VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT IN-PERSON?

No, that would defeat the safety benefits of utilizing vote by mail. Once you request your ballot you will be able to track its progress to you and if you don’t want to mail it back, you can use a drop box location to return it.

WHAT IS A DROP BOX?

Drop boxes are secure drop sites where voters can return their vote by mail ballot and it will be picked up by elections judges, not go through the postal service. There are 7 drop boxes in Champaign-Urbana. They are open 24/7 but if you are returning your ballot on Election Day, it must be in the drop box before 7PM.

The boxes are quarter inch steel with anti-theft components. They are securely attached to cement pads in the ground. Designed so no water can leak into the box. The slit for envelopes is very narrow and is constructed so no one can access ballots once they have been placed in the ballot box. These boxes are used throughout the country to secure vote by mail ballots. The boxes are emptied daily by a Democratic and Republican election judge where they are driven directly back to the Clerk’s Office and secured.

DROP BOX LOCATIONS

24-Hour Locations

  • Brookens Administration Building, 1776 E Washington St, Urbana, in the circle drive
  • Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green, Champaign, north of the mailbox on State Street
  • Champaign Public Library-Douglass Branch, 504 E Grove, Champaign, in the circle drive
  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W Kenyon Rd, Champaign, in the east parking lot
  • Sholem Pool, 2205 Sangamon Dr, Champaign, at the top of the circle drive
  • Urbana Public Library, 210 W Green, Urbana, in the circle drive
  • University of Illinois Quad, 1401 W Green St, northwest corner, accessible by foot or bike only
I REQUESTED A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT AND RECEIVED BUT CHANGED MY MIND. I WANT TO VOTE IN PERSON.

You can do that. Take your vote by mail ballot with you to your polling place, surrender it to the Election Judge, and they will issue you a new ballot. However, we do encourage you to use your vote by mail ballot. It is safer for everyone. If you're not comfortable mailing it back, you can use a drop box, described in the question above.

I REQUESTED A BALLOT AND NEVER GOT IT. NOW WHAT?

Give us a call and we can verify your address and status of your request. You can reach us at 217-384-3724.

*If the election is less than 48 hours away, we strongly suggest you simply vote in-person at your regular precinct or any of the universal sites listed here.

I DON'T THINK THE BALLOT I RECEIVED IS CORRECT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Give us a call and we can verify your address and ballot style. You can reach us at 217-384-3724.

CAN I HELP A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER COMPLETE THEIR VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT?
Yes, you can. Just completed the “Did You Get Help?” section on the return envelope.

 

Vote By Mail Information

Ballots can be requested 90 days before election day. Once the request period is open, you can request your ballot here here. Once you have requested your ballot, you will receive a confirmation email with the additional information.

Dates & Deadlines
The 2022 Primary Election dates and deadlines for vote by mail will be posted in the near future.
 
Completing Your Ballot
  • Read the ballot carefully, noting how many candidates you may vote for per race and check the back of your ballot for additional races. We encourage you to vote the whole ballot. 

  • Fill in the oval next to the candidate(s) of your choice completely with black ink. 

  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, mark the spoiled box on the back of the return envelope and send the ballot back to the Clerk’s Office. If we have time to get it to you in the mail, we’ll send you a new ballot.  If Election Day is too close we strongly encourage you to take the spoiled ballot to your home polling location or one of the universal polling locations, surrender it, and vote in person. 

  • Once your ballot is complete, place it in the return envelope, sign the ballot certification, and seal.  

  • If you are having your ballot hand delivered by someone other than yourself, you and the person delivering the ballot must complete the Affidavit of Delivery on the outside of the return envelope.

Write-In Instructions

Illinois requires write-in candidates to declare their candidacy to be a valid write-in candidate. If you would like a list of write-in candidates, please contact the Clerk’s Office at elections@co.champaign.il.us or 217-384-3724.

Returning Your Ballot

After you have completed your ballot, refold it and insert it into the return envelope addressed to the Clerk’s Office. Make sure you sign the envelope! If you forget the Clerk’s Office will not be able to cast your ballot until you provide a valid signature. 

There are two ways to return your ballot.  

  • You can drop it in any post office mailbox – postage is paid!
  • You can also deposit your ballot in one of the secure drop boxes throughout the county. These are ¼ inch steel, highly secure drop boxes that are permanent to their location. The contents are picked up daily by two Election Judges, one from each party.
  • All vote by mail ballots come with tracking, meaning you will know when your ballot is en route to you and when it has been received by the Clerk's Office. The Clerk's Office is processing as quickly as we can but it is a specific and rigid system. Anticipate at least 48 hours before the status of your ballot is updated in the voter portal.

DROP BOX LOCATIONS

  • Brookens Administration Building, 1776 E Washington St, Urbana, in the circle drive
  • Champaign Public Library, 200 W Green, Champaign, north of the mailbox on State Street
  • Champaign Public Library-Douglass Branch, 504 E Grove, Champaign, in the circle drive
  • Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, 201 W Kenyon Rd, Champaign, in the east parking lot
  • Sholem Pool, 2205 Sangamon Dr, Champaign, at the top of the circle drive
  • Urbana Public Library, 210 W Green, Urbana, in the circle drive
  • University of Illinois Quad, 1401 W Green St, northwest corner, accessible by foot or bike only

We look forward to having another successful, fair, free, and accessible election. Thank you again for choosing a safe and secure way of voting.

Tracking Your Ballot

You can track the status of your ballot here. If you have any questions about your ballot, don’t hesitate to contact the Clerk’s Office at elections@co.champaign.il.us or 217-384-3724.

Please note:  Anticipate at least 48 hours before the status of your ballot is updated in the voter portal.

Acceptable Forms Of ID & Address Verification

Here is a quick explanation of the types of documents that satisfy the identity verification and the address verification required to register to vote.

Verify Your Identity

In order to register to vote, the Clerk's Office must verify your identity and your address. These items are acceptable identity verification.

  • Government issued (from any state) photo ID, that is under current issue 
  • College or high school issued photo ID, current issue 
  • Bus pass with a photo ID, current issue
  • Work ID is acceptable as well 
Verify Your Address

These items are acceptable address verification. Your ID verification cannot also be your address verification. They have to be separate documents.

  • Lease, current
  • University of Illinois Residence Hall assignment, paper or digital, current semester
  • Utility bill, last 30 days
  • Bank statement, last 30 days
  • Government check, last 30 days
  • Paycheck, last 30 days
  • Shipping notification, last 30 days
  • Car registration, if the car was registered in the last 30 days

A digital version is acceptable as long as the voter’s name, address, and an “issue date” are all be readable on the digital document.

Frequently Asked Questions About Registering

For answers to frequently asked questions about voting, click here.

You can always check your voter status, find your polling location, verify your vote by mail ballot request, see your sample ballot, and more on our voter portal.

Don't see your question? Email it to us so we can answer it and add it to our website! You can reach us at elections@co.champaign.il.us.

How Long Does It Take To Process My Voter Registration?

About 7-10 days.

How Can I Check My Registration Status?

You can check your status here.

There is Incorrect Info On My Voter Registration Card. How Do I Fix It?

Call or email us so we can determine where the error occurred: on the registration form or during data entry. The answer will determine how we fix the issue. You can reach us at elections@co.champaign.il.us or by calling 217-384-3724.

I Updated My Registration Info At The DMV (Or Other Government Offices). When Can I Expect A New Card?

It takes about 7-10 days from start to finish for that update to happen. You should expect a new voter registration card 10-14 days after you updated your information with the agency.

I Lost My Voter Registration Card. What Do I Do Now?

First, just a reminder you do not need the card to vote. You can still vote as usual. To order a replacement card, complete this quick form.

I Registered To Vote But I Haven't Received A New Card Yet. What Gives?

We're sorry to hear that. First, make sure it's been 2 weeks since you registered. If it's been more than 2 weeks and you still don't have a card, request a new one here.

I Have A VISA, Can I Register To Vote?

No, a VISA is different from citizenship and citizenship is required to vote.

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