Voter Registration & Information

Resident Voter Information
Kane County Residents Voter Information
If you have moved to a different address within Kane County, you may change your voter registration by filling out the reverse of your voter registration card and returning it to the Kane County Clerk's Office no later than 28 days prior to any election. If you have changed your name, you must re-register. 

Cook County Residents Voter Information
If you have moved or changed your name, you must re-register. 

State Board of ElectionsIllinois Online Voter Application

Cook & Kane Counties Voter Registration Information

Voter registration for Cook and Kane Counties is conducted at the Elgin City Clerk's Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Clerk's Office is located in Room 202 on the second floor of the South wing of City Hall, 150 Dexter Ct.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to register to vote, a person must:
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be 18 years of age or older on or before the next election
  • Be a resident of the precinct 30 days prior to next election
  • Provide two forms of identification - One of which must show the current address

Are you registered to vote?

Elgin residents who are unsure if they are properly registered to vote may check the following websites to verify their information:

Identification for Voter Registration
Types of Identification
The forms of identification which may be used include, but are not limited to, the following:
 Letter that is postmarked within the last 30 days
Civic Membership Card  Library Card Professional Association Membership Card
Credit Card  Selective Service Card
Driver's License  Social Security Card
Employee ID Card  Student ID Card
Fraternal Membership Card  Union Membership Card
Insurance Card  Utility Bill

Naturalized Citizens
It is beneficial to bring citizenship document since the date and place of naturalization is required on the application. If you recently moved to your current address and do not have any identification at that address, you may use a piece of mail postmarked within the last 30 days such as a utility bill.

Voter Registration Locations
Voter registration for both Kane County and Cook County residents is also conducted at the following locations:

Gail Borden Public Library
270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL 60120
(Evening & weekend hours)

State of Illinois-Secretary of State Driver's License Facility
595 S. State St., Elgin, IL 60123

Elgin Township Supervisor's Office
729 S. McLean Blvd., Elgin, IL 60123

Grace Period Registration

Grace period registration and voting extends the registration period by allowing voters to register and vote until the day before an election. It is also the only way to vote if you are not registered or if your voter registration is not up to date. However, guidelines limit when and where grace period registrants can vote. During grace period registration, voters must register and vote in person at certain locations.

Early Voting

For the November 8, 2016 General Election, early voting will take place from October 24 to November 7. Early voting allows voters to cast a full ballot before the observed election day. Although voters can still go to their polling place on Election Day, early voting is intended to make voting easier for everyone. This cuts down on lines at the polling place on election day as well as allowing voters to vote when it fits their schedule.

Early voting is conducted at assigned locations throughout Cook County and Kane County. You may go to any one of these assigned locations to vote early. Early voting is NOT conducted at your usual polling place. Polling places will only be open for voting on the observed Election Day. 

The ballot is the same whether voting early or at the polling place on Election Day.

View the Early Voting Locations for Kane County

View the Early Voting Locations for Cook County

Bring photo ID

State law requires early voters to display valid photo identification to an election official before receiving a ballot to vote early. Valid forms of ID include: a current driver’s license, state-issued ID card, university/college ID or another government-issued ID with a photograph.

Kane and Cook County allow residents to register and vote at their polling location on Election Day. This applies to primary election and the general election.