Important Vote/Election Dates

Important Election Events
Date Title Description
9/27/2012 First day to apply for absentee ballot (mail or in-person) First day for any registered voter presently within the United States, to make application by mail or in person to the election authority for an official ballot. (10 ILCS 5/19-2)
10/9/2012 First day to apply for absentee if voter moved First day a registered Illinois voter who has moved within 30 days outside of his/her precinct prior to a Presidential election may apply either by mail or in person for an absentee ballot for President and Vice President only with the election authority having jurisdiction over his/her precinct of former residence. (10 ILCS 5/20-13.1)
10/9/2012 Last day to register Last day for registration or transfer of registration within the offices of the election authority. 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) Last day for registration of voters by deputy registrars, including municipal, township and road district clerks and precinct committeemen. 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)
10/10/2012 First day for grace period registration and voting. First day for grace period registration or change of address in the office of the election authority or at a location designated for this purpose by the election authority. (10 ILCS 5/4-50, 5-50, 6-100) First day for grace period voting at the election authority’s office, or location designated by the election authority, or by mail, at the discretion of the election authority. (10 ILCS 5/4-50, 5-50, 6-100)
10/22/2012 Early voting starts First 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 5/19A-15, 19A-20)
11/1/2012 Last day for absentee voting by mail Last day a nonregistered citizen residing in Illinois who is temporarily absent from his/her county of residence may apply by mail for an absentee ballot to vote for President and Vice President only with the election authority having jurisdiction over his/her precinct of permanent residence. (10 ILCS 5/20-13) Last day for the election authority to receive an absentee application by mail from any registered voter presently within the United States. (10 ILCS 5/19-2)
11/1/2012 Last day to apply for absentee if voter moved Last day a registered voter in Illinois who has moved outside of his/her precinct within 30 days prior to a Presidential election may apply by mail for an absentee ballot to vote for President and Vice President only with the election authority having jurisdiction over his/her precinct of former residence. (10 ILCS 5/20-13.1)
11/3/2012 Last day for Grace Period registration and voting Last day of grace period registration or change of address in the office of the election authority or at a location designated for this purpose by the election authority. (10 ILCS 5/4-50, 5-50, 6-100) Last day of grace period registration or change of address in the office of the election authority or at a location designated for this purpose by the election authority. (10 ILCS 5/4-50, 5-50, 6-100)
11/3/2012 Last day for Early Voting 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 5/19A-15, 19A-20)
11/5/2012 Last day to vote in-person absentee Last day for any registered voter, presently within the confines of the United States, to vote in person at the election authority, municipal, township or road district clerk office who is authorized to conduct absentee voting. (10 ILCS 5/19-2)