Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

Voting and Elections Information

U.S. General Election - November 8, 2016

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. As in every election cycle, early voting and absentee voting will be offered for this election. 

Q: Who will be eligible to vote in the November 8 general election? 

A: U.S. citizens who are registered voters.

   Click here to check your registration status in the State of Illinois.

The deadline to register to vote by mail or in person is October 11. Online registration will be available through Oct. 23. Go here to register to vote.   

Please note: Election Day registration may not be offered at this election due to current litigation.

Q: What offices will be on the ballots November 8?  

A: All ballots will ask voters to select candidates for the following offices: President of the United States; U.S. Senate; U.S. House of Representatives; State Senate; State House; state judges; local judges; as well as other state and local offices. In addition, voters will cast ballots to decide binding amendments to the Illinois Constitution as well as advisory (non-binding) referenda questions.

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Additional Information:

Early Voting: Early voting will be offered from Thursday, September 29 through Monday, November 7. Until Oct. 24, voting will be available at Election Commission offices. After Oct. 24, permanent polling places will be available.

Absentee Voting: Any registered voter may cast an absentee ballot by mail. Click here to learn more about requesting an absentee ballot, which must be mailed to your local Election Commission. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is November 3; however, the Board strongly recommends applying weeks ahead of the deadline so that you have time to receive and return your ballot. 

Grace Period Registration: Grace period registration allows voters to register to vote or update their registration in-person and  immediately vote during that same visit. In-person registration is available for those who did not register, or did not file an address change, or did not file a name change by the Oct. 11 deadline.