Election 2022. Illinois Public Media

This year the Illinois primary election will take place on June 28, with early voting starting on May 19. Follow Illinois Public Media as we offer up-to-date coverage, live streams of upcoming debates, and detailed voter guides for gubernatorial candidates, congressional seats, and local races such as county clerk and county treasurer.

Help candidates hear directly from you. Submit questions for the 13th Congressional District primary debates here.

Starting in 2022, many Central Illinois voters must decide on a new representative in a newly shaped 13th congressional district. The Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly approved the map, which has western boundaries in East St. Louis along the Mississippi River.  The district spreads northeast through the cities of Springfield, and Decatur and ends in Champaign. Two Democratic and four Republican newcomers are hoping to survive the June 28, 2022 primary to compete in the general election to represent the district.

Watch the 13th Congressional District Democratic Debate - hosted by Illinois Public Media on 5/26/22

Watch the 13th Congressional District Republican Debate - hosted by Illinois Public Media on 6/2/22

2022 Illinois Voter FAQ

Online: Go here. You'll need these four things:

  • Your valid Illinois driver's license or Illinois state ID number
  • The last four digits of your social security number
  • The date your IL driver's license or state ID was issued
  • Your birth date

In-Person:

  • At your local election authority's office or at voter registration drives authorized by your election authority. Contact your election authority by going to the Illinois State Board of Elections website
  • Once you are there, select your county or your city (if you live in Chicago, Danville, Galesburg, Bloomington, East St. Louis, or Rockford) to see your election authority's name, address, phone number and website (if they have a website). To find the name of your county, in a search engine type the name of your city and state and 'is in which county?' For example, 'Decatur, Illinois is in which county?'
  • Drivers' License facilities but only if you are updating or applying for a state ID or driver's license. To find your nearest drivers' license facility, go to the Illinois Secretary of State's official website and type in your zip code. The secretary of state, by the way, is elected by voters.

By Mail:

Print your voter registration form from this site.

For identification purposes, you will be asked to provide:

  • Your valid Illinois driver's license or Illinois state ID number or the last four digits of your social security number

If you do not provide this required information when you mail in your form, you will be required to provide to election officials these documents the first time you vote in-person or prior to voting by mail.

For an overview of what's on the 2022 Illinois elections ballot visit Ballotopedia here.

Visit this page and enter your address to find your closest polling place.

Early in-person voting began in Champaign County on Thursday, May 19 at 8:30 AM in the Brookens Admin gymnasium. The full early voting schedule can be found at the Champaign County Clerk’s website 

Request a ballot at champaigncountyclerkil.gov to vote by mail. You can also learn about early voting locations, schedules, and more on that same site.

Voters can return ballots for free at the various, secure drop boxes around Champaign County. You can also return ballots via postal mail for free.

Yes. You must re-register if you changed your name since the last time you voted.

If you have previously registered to vote elsewhere but now reside in a different jurisdiction in Illinois, you are required to re-register as if you were a new voter. Check with your election authority if you are unsure. Contact your election authority by going to the Illinois State Board of Elections website. Once you are there, select your county or your city (if you live in Chicago, Danville, Galesburg, Bloomington, East St. Louis, or Rockford) to see your election authorities' name, address, phone number and website (if they have a website). To find the name of your county: in a search engine type the name of your city and state and 'is in which county?' For example, 'Decatur, Illinois is in which county?'

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