How to vote for Bernie Sanders in Illinois

Illinois has open primaries

Illinoisans are able to request a Democratic ballot to vote for Bernie on election day

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Same-Day Registration Illinois has Same-Day Registration on March 17 at select locations [pdf]

Primary On

March 17 (2020)

Illinois Primary: Tue, March 17

It's still very early in the election season, and dates often change. Please sign up below for Voter Alerts in Illinois and we'll send you an email if the dates change!

Illinois Voter Information

Get Registered

Good news! Because Illinois has open primaries, you can vote for Bernie regardless of your registered party. If you want to vote for Bernie, register to vote!

Register to Vote now!

Illinois has Same-Day Registration which allows you to register to vote at the primaries on Tue, March 17 at select locations [pdf]

Not sure if you are registered, or what you're registered as? Check your current registration status online.

Go Vote!

Be sure to request a Democratic ballot if you want to vote for Bernie!

Note: If you’re not yet registered to vote, you can use “grace period” registration up until the day of the primary. Find out more here.


To vote in the Illinois Primary you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General Election.
  • You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • Not be convicted and in jail.
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Early Voting

Vote Early in Illinois! Illinoisans can vote in-person before election day! If you'll be out of town on March 17 or simply find it more convenient, vote early!

Early voting in Illinois begins January 1 and ends on January 1.

Find your early voting times and locations here.

You can also request a mail-in absentee ballot until March 14th. Learn more about mail-in voting here.

Only 17?

You may still vote in Illinois's primaries if you will be 18 years old by November 3, 2020.

College Students

If you are a college student not living in your home state, you can vote for Bernie in either your home state or in the state in which you are attending school!

Military/Overseas Voters

If you are a Military Voter or a US Citizen living abroad, you are able to request a ballot here to vote for Bernie.

More Information

If you have any questions about voting in Illinois you may contact your state official elections office or Democratic party.

Find local Bernie supporters and get help from /r/Illinois4Sanders

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