If you’re already registered to vote in Illinois, you should not need a form of identification at your polling site, but election officials encourage bringing one just in case.
Election judges may ask for identification if they challenge your right to vote, you did not provide proof of ID when registering by mail or online or you are not listed as registered to vote in the state.
“If the judges have doubts about your identity because your signature doesn’t match the one on record they could ask for ID,” said Matt Dietrich, an Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman. “But it takes judges of both parties to do that.”
If an election judge asks for your ID, you are not required to show one to vote in person. You may cast a provisional ballot without showing your ID. The poll worker should then tell you how you can separately submit proof of registration to your election authority.
If election judges tell you that you’re not listed as registered, and you’re sure you did register, make sure they spelled your name correctly. You can give them your address to make sure you’re at the right polling place. You can also ask them to call your county elections office.
If you’re not yet registered but hope to vote through a standard ballot, you’ll need to bring an election judge two forms of identification, one of which must include your current address. You can then register — and vote — at your polling place.
October 16, 2020 at 08:38PM