2020 General Election Voting Information

Illinois residents can register to vote in local, state, and federal elections online, in person, or by mail. Click on the topics below for information on each option, including deadlines for the General Election on November 3, 2020.

Public Health Voting Guidelines  Early Voting Hours and LocationsVote-By-Mail Application  Online Voter RegistrationIn-Person Voter Registration  Grace Period Registration and VotingElection Day Registration and Voting
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Public Health Voting Guidelines

In response to concerns about in-person voting, the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued the following guidelines for voters and polling-places.

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Early Voting Hours and Locations

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 General Election voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. Voting by mail is an easy option for voters and you can request a vote by mail ballot through email, mail, or in person. An application is available from your local election authority or at https://elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx. To register to vote or check your registration status, visit https://ova.elections.il.gov/.

In-Person Early Voting Process

Election workers verify the voter’s registration status through a central database at the DuPage County Election Division. If the voter is not registered, they must register at the appropriate area in the location.

Once validated, the database is updated (preventing the voter from voting at another location). The voter is allowed to cast a ballot, with most locations using an ATM-like touchscreen device. Votes are tabulated once the polls close on Election Day.

Paper Ballots are available during In-Person Early Voting only at the DuPage Fairgrounds Early Voting Site.

In-Person Early Voting Details

In-Person Early Voting – Paper Ballots

DuPage Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton (For the November 3, 2020, General Election)

Hours for In-Person Early Voting – Paper Ballots Location

  • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (September 24 – October 16)
  • Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (September 26 – October 17)
  • Weekdays:  8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (October 19 – November 2)
  • Weekends:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (October 24 – November 1)

The Early Voting program allows any eligible DuPage County voter to vote before Election Day.
All locations are 100% compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In-Person Early Voting – Touchscreen Voting

Locations throughout DuPage County (For the November 3, 2020, General Election)

  • First day – Monday, October 19, 2020 (15th day prior to an election)
  • Last day – Saturday, October 31, 2020 for Temporary Sites (3 days prior to an election)
  • Last day – Monday, November 2, 2020 for Permanent Sites (1 day prior to an election)
  • For maps to Early Voting Locations throughout DuPage County, please see the Early Voting Location listing below

Hours for Temporary Early Voting Locations

  • Weekdays:  8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hours for Permanent Early Voting Locations

  • Weekdays:  8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Weekends:  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Early Voting program allows any eligible DuPage County voter to vote before Election Day.

All locations are 100% compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Temporary Early Voting Locations in DuPage County

  • Are available 15 days prior to (first day) and 3 days prior (last day) to an election.
  • Are open Monday through Saturday (no Sunday hours).

List of Temporary Early Voting Locations

Permanent Early Voting Locations in DuPage County

  • Are available 15 days prior to (first day) and 1 day prior to (last day) an election.
  • Are open Monday through Sunday.

List of Permanent Early Voting Locations

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Vote-By-Mail Application

Due to COVID-19, all 2020 General Election voters are encouraged to cast a ballot prior to Election Day, either by mail or during early voting. Voting by mail is an easy option for voters and you can request a vote by mail ballot through email, mail, or in person. An application is available from your local election authority (DuPage County Election Commission) or at https://elections.il.gov/electionoperations/VotingByMail.aspx. To register to vote or check your registration status, visit https://ova.elections.il.gov/.

Please be aware that Vote-By-Mail Ballots will not begin being mailed until September 24, 2020,  It may take 4-5 business days to receive your ballot. 

Important dates:

  • September 24, 2020 – First Day mail ballots will be sent out via USPS.
  • October 29, 2020 – Last day to request a mail ballot, including military and overseas voters.
  • November 3, 2020  – Last day mail ballots can be postmarked.

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Online Registration

To check your eligibility to vote, please read through the following requirements. If you have any questions can contact the DuPage County Election Division.

Who can register to vote

In order to register to vote, you must meet these qualifications:

  • You must be a United States citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election (OR for a General Primary, must be 17 and will be 18 by the General Election)
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election
  • You must not currently convicted and serving a sentence
  • You cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else

Where and how to register to vote

You must register at least 28 days prior to an election in order to vote in that election. You can register online, by mail, or in person. Following the close of registration, Illinois allows for “Grace Period” Registration and Voting beginning the 27 day prior until the day before an election. Online registration is available through the 15th day prior to Election Day.

You may complete an application online via the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

NOTE: To apply electronically you must provide:

  • Your Illinois Drivers License number or Illinois Secretary of State issued State ID number.
  • Date the license or ID was issued.
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number.
  • Your birth date.

Important dates:

  • October 6, 2020 – Last day to register to vote In-Person.
  • October 18, 2020 – Last day to register to vote online.

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In-Person Registration

To check your eligibility to vote, please read through the following requirements. If you have any questions can contact the DuPage County Election Division.

Who can register to vote

In order to register to vote, you must meet these qualifications:

  • You must be a United States citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election (OR for a General Primary, must be 17 and will be 18 by the General Election)
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election
  • You must not currently convicted and serving a sentence
  • You cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else

Where and how to register to vote

You must register at least 28 days prior to an election in order to vote in that election. You can register online, by mail, or in person. Following the close of registration, Illinois allows for “Grace Period” Registration and Voting beginning the 27 day prior until the day before an election. Online registration is available through the 15th day prior to Election Day.

You can register in person at local City, Village, or Township Halls in DuPage County or at the Election Division’s office in addition to some libraries such as the Villa Park Public Library. When registering, be sure to bring two forms of identification with you, one of which must have your correct name and address on it. You do not need a photo ID to register.

If you would like to register to vote at the Villa Park Public Library, please call the library at (630) 834-1164 to ensure someone is available to register you to vote before you arrive.

Important dates:

  • October 6, 2020 – Last day to register to vote In-Person.
  • October 18, 2020 – Last day to register to vote online.

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Grace Period Registration and Voting

Grace period registration and voting allows voter to register and vote until the Monday before an election. Voters must have two pieces of identification, one with a current address. Grace period registrants must immediately cast their ballot after registering to vote.

Who can register to vote

In order to register to vote, you must meet these qualifications:

  • You must be a United States citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election (OR for a General Primary, must be 17 and will be 18 by the General Election)
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election
  • You must not currently convicted and serving a sentence
  • You cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else

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Election Day Registration and Voting

Individuals may register to vote and vote on Election Day in their home precinct. Voters must have two pieces of identification, one with a current address.

Who can register to vote

In order to register to vote, you must meet these qualifications:

  • You must be a United States citizen
  • You must be at least 18 years old on or before the next election (OR for a General Primary, must be 17 and will be 18 by the General Election)
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election
  • You must not currently convicted and serving a sentence
  • You cannot claim the right to vote anywhere else

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