Voter Registration Guide for 2020 Illinois Primaries

How to register and vote in the 2020 Illinois primaries as a UChicago Student


The Maroon has Hyde Park and UChicago voters covered with information on Election 2022.

By Nick Tarr

On March 17, the Illinois primaries will allow eligible voters to nominate candidates for positions like state senator, Cook County circuit judge, and president. Information on candidates and positions in the 2020 Illinois elections can be found here.

Can I Vote?

To register to vote in the March 17 Illinois primaries, you must

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be 18 by the general election on November 3, 2020;
  • live in your precinct for 30 days prior to the election;
  • not be in jail or prison.

How Do I Register?

Online Registration

If you have an Illinois driver’s license or state I.D., you may register online until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 1.

Early Registration/Voting

Until March 1, early registration and voting will be held at the new Early Voting Super Site in the Loop at 191 North Clark Street. Those who register early must cast their ballot the same day. First-time registers must bring two forms of I.D., one of which must show proof of address. For past voters, I.D. is not required. 

From March 2 to March 16, early registration and voting will take place at these additional locations. Polls in the fourth, fifth, and 20th wards, those closest to campus, are as follows:

  • King Community Center, 4314 South Cottage Grove Avenue;
  • Jackson Park, 6401 South Stony Island Avenue;
  • Bessie Coleman Library, 731 East 63rd Street.

On-campus early registration and voting will take place at the Reynolds Club from March 11–13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Same-Day Registration

Illinois allows voters to register at polling facilities on election day. If you have not voted in Illinois before, or you registered by mail without identification, you must bring two forms of identification, like a UChicago I.D. or driver’s license, to your polling location. One of these must show proof of your Illinois address. First-class mail from the University, like a bill, transcript, or report card, is acceptable proof of address. Find a complete list of acceptable identification here.

Where Do I Vote?

On March 17, polling will take place at the following locations based on your residence. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Campus North/Max Palevsky/Snell-Hitchcock: Ray School, 5631 South Kimbark Avenue;
  • International House: The Cloisters, 5801 South Dorchester Avenue;
  • Stony Island: 1700 East 56th Street Condo Association;
  • Renee Granville-Grossman/Burton-Judson: Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1210 East 62nd Street;
  • If you live off campus, find your polling location here.