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:
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Here's a list of important dates for the coming Primary election: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2024 VOTE BY MAIL – FIRST DAY TO MAIL BALLOT First day for the election authority to mail an official ballot to a registered voter within the confines of the United States who has made an application to vote by mail. (10 ILCS 5/19-4)
EARLY VOTING – OFFICE OF ELECTION AUTHORITY First day for early voting at the office of the election authority and temporary locations designated by the election authority. Temporary polling locations for early voting can be established at the discretion of the election authority, and the dates and hours are also at the discretion of the election authority. (10 ILCS 5/19A-15, 19A-20)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2024 CLOSE OF REGISTRATION Last day for regular registration or transfer of registration within the offices of the election authority. Grace period registration and voting will be available after this date. Area and precinct registration may apply to the City of Chicago and Cook County. Please check with these jurisdictions for registration deadlines. (10 ILCS 5/4-6, 4-16, 5-5, 5-23, 6-29, 6-50, 6-53, 6-54)
CLOSE OF REGISTRATION – DEPUTY REGISTRARS Last day for registration of voters by deputy registrars, including municipal, township, road district clerks, and precinct committeepersons. Area and precinct registration may apply to the City of Chicago and Cook County. Please check with these jurisdictions for registration deadlines. (10 ILCS 5/4-6.2, 5-16.2, 6-50.2)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2024 GRACE PERIOD REGISTRATION AND VOTING BEGINS First day for grace period registration and voting at the office of the election authority or at a location designated for this purpose by the election authority. If the election authority does not have ballots available, the election authority may mail the ballot to the voter when available. (10 ILCS 5/4-50, 5-50, 6-100)
DEPUTY REGISTRARS – LAST DAY TO RETURN MATERIALS Last day for deputy registrars who are officials or members of a bona fide labor organization to return unused registration materials to the election authority. Area and precinct registration may apply to the City of Chicago and Cook County. Please check with these jurisdictions for registration deadlines and return of material deadlines. (10 ILCS 5/4-6.2(c), 5-16.2, 6-50.2)
SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2024 ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION Last day for voters to register to vote through the State Board of Elections website. (10 ILCS 5/1A-16.5(l))
TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2024 POLLWATCHER CREDENTIALS Last day for the State Board of Elections or the election authority to have poll watcher credentials available for distribution. (10 ILCS 5/7-34)
MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2024 VOTE BY MAIL – LAST DAY FOR UOCAVA APPLICATIONS Last day for any voter who is a member of the United States Service, their spouse, and/or their dependents of voting age who expect to be absent from the county of residence on Election Day to make application for an official ballot to the election authority having jurisdiction over their precinct residence and the last day for the election authority to mail such ballots. Members of the Armed Forces may make applications via facsimile machine or other method of electronic transmission. (10 ILCS 5/20-2, 20-2.3) Note: • No registration shall be required in order to vote pursuant to the sections cited.
VOTE BY MAIL – NONRESIDENT CIVILIAN Last day for any nonresident civilian, otherwise qualified to vote, to make an application to the election authority having jurisdiction over their precinct of former residence for a vote by mail ballot containing federal offices only, and the last day for election authority to mail such ballot. Nonresident civilians may make applications via facsimile machines or other method of electronic transmission. (10 ILCS 5/20-2.2)
VOTE BY MAIL – CITIZENS TEMPORARILY OUTSIDE U.S. Last day for the election authority to send an official ballot for federal offices only, upon receipt of either an application for absentee registration or an application for vote by mail ballot, to citizens of the United States who are temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the United States. Citizens temporarily residing outside the territorial limits may make applications via facsimile machine or other method of electronic transmission. (10 ILCS 5/20-2.1)
THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2024 VOTE BY MAIL – LAST DAY FOR APPLICATION BY MAIL Last day for the election authority to receive application to vote by mail from any registered voter presently within the confines of the United States. (10 ILCS 5/19-2, 19-4) SPECIMEN BALLOTS Last day for the election authority to publish the specimen ballots, as near as may be, in the form in which they will appear on the official ballots on Election Day. (10 ILCS 5/7-21, 24B-18, 24C-18)PUBLIC TEST OF VOTING EQUIPMENT Last day for the election authority to conduct a public test of automatic tabulating equipment, Optical Scan Equipment, and Direct Recording Electronic Voting Equipment. (10 ILCS 5/24B-9, 24C-9)
MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2024 EARLY VOTING – LAST DAY Last day for early voting at the office of the election authority and permanent locations designated by the election authority. Temporary early voting locations may be established by the election authority but are not required to maintain the same voting days and hours as the election authority. (10 ILCS 19A-15, 19A-20)
TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2024 GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION POLLS OPEN 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM GRACE PERIOD REGISTRATION AND VOTING Last day of grace period registration and voting in the office of the election authority or at a location designated for this purpose by the election authority. Please contact the election authority to determine the availability of grace period registration and voting in the polling place on Election Day. (10 ILCS 5/4-50, 5-50, 6-100)
ELECTION DAY VOTE CENTER Election authorities shall establish at least one location at an office of the election authority or in the largest municipality within its jurisdiction where all voters in its jurisdiction are allowed to vote on election day during polling place hours, regardless of the precinct in which they are registered, and that location shall provide curbside voting. Election authorities may establish more than one vote center, but in jurisdictions with a population of more than 500,000 inhabitants, the election authority shall establish at least two vote centers. (10 ILCS 5/11-8)
PERMANENT VOTE BY MAIL: If you are a registered voter in Illinois, you may fill out this form to be added to a permanent vote-by-mail list. NOTICE IT SAYS PERMANENT AT THE TOP. Print out the form and take it or mail it to: Stephenson County Clerk, 50 W. Douglas St., Suite 500 Freeport, IL 61032. (Fifth Floor)
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. Here is a form to fill out. Print out the form and take it or mail it to: Stephenson County Clerk, 50 W. Douglas St., Suite 500 Freeport, IL 61032. (Fifth Floor) THIS FORM DOES NOT SAY PERMANENT AT THE TOP.
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.
Clerk's Office: Call for questions at 815-235-8289
Democrat's Office: or call our office at 815-801-5760 and we can help you.
Here is the Illinois law that governs Vote by Mail.
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.
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.