You can always stop by the Stephenson County Democrats office in Freeport, IL, during open hours and register in person. If you prefer to register online, click here.
If you think that you may already be registered to vote, you can check by using the State Board of Election's Voter Registration Lookup.
Identification is not required to vote at the polls, although you will be required to verify your signature. HOWEVER, if you registered to vote by mail and did not submit any ID with the registration, you must show a form of ID to vote.
Acceptable forms are:
The Stephenson County Democratic Party feels it's crucial to have qualified Democratic Election Judges at every polling place during elections in our County. Many of the Election Judges that have been available in the past, are older and not able to be available the long hours any longer. Here's a link to learn more about Election Judges' Duties and Responsibilities.
If you would like to know more and to volunteer for these crucial positions in our County Elections, please call the Stephenson County Democrats at 815-801-5760.
In addition, here's a link to the 2018 General Election Judge Training. presented by the Illinois State Board of Elections. New updated training will be available for upcoming elections. If you are interested, please call the number above or email.
A poll watcher is a representative of a candidate, political party, civic organization, or proposition who is legally in the polling place to observe the conduct of the election.
To be a poll watcher in Stephenson County, the poll watcher must be registered to vote in Illinois. To be a Democratic Party Poll Watcher, you must have credentials given to you by the Chair of the Party.
A poll watcher must surrender a signed credential to the judges of election upon entering a polling place. After a credential has been surrendered to the judges in a precinct, a poll watcher may leave that precinct and return, without presenting an additional credential. However, if a poll watcher monitors multiple precincts, the poll watcher must present a credential at each of those precincts where the poll watcher plans to monitor.
Democratic Primary is March 19, 2024. To vote in the Primary, you do need to choose either a Democrat ballot or a Republican ballot. You do not get to vote in both parties.
Democratic National 2024 Convention in Chicago, IL is August 19 - 22, 2024.
The 2024 General Election is on November 5, 2024
The Stephenson County Democratic Municipal Primary Election is February 27, 2025
The Stephenson County Municipal General Election is April 2, 2025
PERMANENT VOTE BY MAIL: If you are a registered voter in Illinois, you may apply to be added to a permanent vote-by-mail list. This link takes you to a PDF. You will need to print it out and mail it to: Stephenson County Clerk 50 W. Douglas St., Suite 500 Freeport, IL 61032.
VOTE BY MAIL PER ELECTION: Every qualified registered voter in the County is mailed a notice asking if they want to Vote by Mail THIS election. There is a form to fill out and mail to the Clerk's Office. Once the Clerk's Office receives your request, they will mail you a ballot. If you wish to do this, it's best practice not to wait and get your request in early. You can always call the Clerk's Office at 815-235-8289 if you ever have questions. You can also call our office at 815-801-5760 and we can help you.
Here is a link to the PDF listing polling places in Stephenson County kept up to date by the County Clerk. Polling locations can change, so please check before Election Day.
Here is a link to the Stephenson County Election page website. It is chocked full of various links to past election results, maps, Grace period voting, Absentee voting, What to do if you live in a Nursing Home, etc.