Early voting in IL ends June 27. Here’s some other important election dates to know

Derik Holtmann/dholtmann@bnd.com
·2 min read

Illinois’ later-than-usual primary election will take place Tuesday, June 28, with the state’s rather long early voting period winding to a close Monday, June 27.

Though officials anticipate low turnout in the contests, we’ve rounded up some important election dates to better prepare voters headed to the polls and looking ahead to the fall General Election.

Thursday, June 23: Application deadline for mail-in ballots. It’s the final day for registered voters to request a ballot by post or electronically. You may continue to request a mail-in ballot in person through Monday, June 27.

Friday, June 24 to Monday, June 27: Voting will take place at long-term care facilities, nursing and federally operated veterans homes that requested the service.

Monday, June 27: The last day of early, in-person voting in the 2022 primary in Illinois.

Voting hours vary by location, but metro-east counties are offering a number of sites.

In St. Clair County, voters have until 5 p.m. June 27 to vote early.

Monday is also the deadline to apply in person for a mail-in ballot. There are no stipulations on absentee voting in the state, and all registered voters may cast a mail-in ballot, no excuse needed.

Use the BND’s Voter Guide to research candidates running in the 2022 Illinois primary

Tuesday, June 28: Primary election day in Illinois. Polls will be open statewide from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It is also the final day of the grace period for registering to vote. If you are unsure about your registration, the Illinois State Board of Elections has an online portal voters can use to look up their registration. You must enter your legal first and last name, date of birth and zip code.

Finally, it is the last day to return an absentee-by-mail ballot. If you put it in the mail, it must be postmarked by Election Day.

You can also drop your mail-ballot in a dropbox. The state has a search function on its site to find a location. Only ballots dropped in boxes by Election Day will be counted.

Tuesday, July 5: First day for new party and independent candidates to file for the General Election.

Tuesday, July 12: The final day for officials to complete the count of outstanding provisional and mail-in ballots.

Tuesday, July 19: Canvass day for Illinois. County election authorities will submit the final tally of results to the SBOE.

Wednesday, July 27: County convention day for Illinois political parties.

You can view the State Illinois Board of Elections’ full election calendar online.