How to vote for Bernie Sanders in Illinois

Illinois has open primaries

Illinoisans can vote for Bernie Sanders regardless of their registered party

Register By

February 18 (2020)

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!

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

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, get registered to vote!

Get registered 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!

Vote on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 6:00AM – 7:00PM.
Find your polling place here:

Id Requirement

Two forms of identification with at least one showing your current residence address is needed when you register in-person.

Voter Workplace Protection

Unpaid time off up to two hours. Needs one day notice.

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 February 6 and ends on March 16.

Illinois Application for vote by mail ballot will be available for download on 12/18/2019.

Find your early voting times and locations here.

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

More info on absentee voting here:

The first day to file an application for a vote by mail ballot with the Election Authority is 2/6/2020.

You can also request a mail-in absentee ballot until March 12th. 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

Will you help Bernie win?

"I've said it since day one: I can't do it alone." - Bernie Sanders

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Bernie needs you in Illinois!

March 17th: GRACE PERIOD REGISTRATION AND VOTING: Last day for grace
period registration and grace period voting in the office of the election
authority or at a location designated for this purpose by the election

Last day for online voter registration is 3/1/2020.

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.

Check out the Official Illinois 2020 Election Calendar:

Here’s an Illinois Voter Guide made by LWV: