You can still register to vote in the primary under IL’s grace period. Here’s what to know

Derik Holtmann/dholtmann@bnd.com
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Illinois residents not registered to vote but interested in participating in the Tuesday, June 28, statewide primary still have the chance to do so under an extended registration period being offered this year.

The traditional online voter registration deadline for this primary was June 12 (the deadline was May 31 to register in person), but those willing to register and vote the same day can use the extension to do so.

The grace period means voters will be able to register at select sites or change their address up to and through primary election day.

Here’s what you need to know.

Who can vote in the June 2022 primary in Illinois?

U.S. citizens age 18 or older who have resided in the state of Illinois for at least 30 days before the election are eligible to register. Additionally, those who are 17 years old, but will be 18 in time for the fall’s General Election , can also register and vote.

Illinois also automatically registers voters through driver’s license offices.

If you are unsure of your registration status, you can use the state’s voter lookup tool to check your registration status. You will need to enter your first and last name, birth date and postal code.

The state conducts open primaries, so any registered voter can participate in any party’s primary, but they must publicly select which party’s ballot to vote.

How can I register to vote in Illinois under the grace period?

First, locate a voting site accepting grace period registrations.

The state offers a locator tool online that requires you to select the election – in this case, “2022 General Primary” – and the county you reside in.

Grace period registration is only available in person at eligible locations.

To register, you must present two forms of identification, and at least one must have your current address.

Applicable forms of ID in Illinois include but is not limited to:

  • A driver’s license

  • An ID issued by a state or federal agency or branch of the military

  • A bank statement, pay stub, bill or other document with your name and address.

If you register using the grace period, you must vote at the same time.

Voter registration information by metro-east county

If you are a resident of St. Clair County, you can check your voter registration and find more information online here.

If you are a resident of Madison County, you can find resources and a list of grace period voting locations online here.

Those that reside in Monroe County can look up their registration status online here.

You can find information about where to register under the grace period in Clinton County online here.

Residents of Randolph County can find information about voting in that area online here.

If you reside in Washington County, you can find information about voter registration online here.