Grace period registration and voting begins today for Illinois primaries

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Today is the first day Illinois residents can visit their local election authority to register and vote in the 2016 General Primary, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE).

Although traditional voter registration closed 28 days before the March 15 primary, the grace period allows voters to register and to change their address from the 27th day before the primary through Election Day. Grace period registration is only available “in-person” at designated sites, and those who register then must vote at the same time they register.

However, if no ballots are available at registration, the election authority may allow grace period voting by mail.

Change takes effect this year

Illinois residents who are 17 years old can vote in the primary if they have two forms of identification and are:

  • U.S. citizens,
  • 18 years old by the date of the general election, and
  • Precinct residents at least 30 days before Election Day.

To get more details from the ISBE about grace period registration and voting, see the ISBE document.

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