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Voting and Elections


Ballot Access New Ballot Access Laws in Illinois!

In Illinois, Seventeen-year-olds in Illinois will be able to vote in primary elections if their 18th birthday falls on or before the date of the next general election. See Public Act 098-0051, effective date January 1, 2014. Also, qualified Illinois citizens are now able to register to vote online, making Illinois the 18th state in the nation to provide for a paperless registration process. See Sec. 1A-16.5 of Public Act 098-0115, which took effect upon becoming law on July 27, 2013.


Get Candidate Information!

Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process, including STATEWIDE CANDIDATE information and some DuPage County Candidates. Click here to access the VOTE411.org website. To use the website, follow the directions below:

  • Click on the green "Get personalized information on the candidates and issues" box. A map of your address appears. Click on the green "Show My Races" box.
  • If you live in Elmhurst, you will have the following races posted: State Senate District 24, Judge of the Circuit Court of the 18th Judicial Circuit+, DuPage County Board Chairman, DuPage County Sheriff*, DuPage County Clerk*, DuPage County Treasurer+, DuPage County Forest Preserve President+, DEuPage County Regional School Superintendent of Schools+, US Senator*, Governor*, Lt. Governor*, Attorney General*, Secretary of State*, Comptroller*, and Treasurer.

    Note that all candidates were contacted multiple times, but not all candidates chose to participate. Of the races listed below, the ones that are starred (*) did have at least one candidate participate. The races with the plus (+) have only one candidate running for the position.

    Also, you will have to click on two candidates to see responses. If there are more than 2 candidates, you will be unable to see all 3 responses at the same time.
  • You can continue onward through VOTE 411, and you may see the names of the candidates and the district numbers they represent in the races for US House of Representatives, Illinois Senate and Illinois House of Representatives, but you will not be able to click on their icons to get any information. Record your district numbers. If you need to find your district numbers for any of the races, go to http://www.elections.il.gov/DistrictLocator/DistrictOfficialSearchByAddress.aspx. Once you have your District number to to http://www.lwvil.org/voters-guide.html.
  • You will need to scroll to the appropriate District number or you can use the Drop Down menu at each heading for: US House of Representatives, State Senate and State House of Representatives.
Again, all candidates were contacted multiple times, but not all candidates chose to answer the questions.


Constitutional Amendments & Advisory Referenda Ballot Questions

There are several constitutional amendments and advisory referenda which will be on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Illinois. The LWVIL Issues Committee has prepared several documents to provide background information on these and other election items. Links for the one-page discussion on each amendment or referendum and how each relates to a League position are on the LWV Illinois website.

For more detailed information on each amendment, follow the links below:

Constitutional Amendment: Adding Section 8, Voter Discrimination, to Article III, Suffrage and Elections http://www.lwvil.org/uploads/1/5/9/8/15985276/supporting_documents_page_one_of_five.pdf.

Constitutional Amendment: Section 8.1 -- Crime Victims' Bill of Rights -- to Article I of the Constitution of Illinois http://www.lwvil.org/uploads/1/5/9/8/15985276/supporting_documents_page_two_of_five.pdf

Advisory Referendum: "Shall the Minimum Wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?" http://www.lwvil.org/uploads/1/5/9/8/15985276/supporting_documents_page_three_of_five.pdf

Advisory Referendum on Women's Health: "Shall any health insurance plan in Illinois that provides prescription drug coverage be required to include prescription birth control as part of that coverage?" http://www.lwvil.org/uploads/1/5/9/8/15985276/supporting_documents_page_four_of_five.pdf

Advisory Referendum: The Tax for Education Referendum, also known as the "Millionaires Tax":"Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% tax on income greater than one million dollars?" http://www.lwvil.org/uploads/1/5/9/8/15985276/supporting_documents_page_five_of_five.pdf


Find your Sample Ballot

  • Go to the DuPage Election Commission at https://www.dupageco.org/election/ .
  • Click on "Check your Voter Information."
  • Fill in your info and click search.
  • Scroll down to where it says "sample ballot." Underneath that is a table that lists:
    Party
    Precinct
    Ballot style
  • Click on your specific ballot style.
Your sample ballot will appear!

Special information: If you registered a long time ago and have not requested that your information be updated, you may not be listed electronically.


Other General Topics regarding Elections on this Page:

Election Calendar

GENERAL ELECTION: November 4, 2014.

For a list of Candidates and Propositions for the upcoming election, go to the DuPage County Election Commission web-site.

Voter Registration

You may register to vote at many government offices, including at Elmhurst City Hall, and the York Township and the Addison Township Offices. For a list of other voter registration locations, go to the Dupage County Election Commission Website. Also, many LWV Elmhurst members have been appointed voter registrars, and may register you to vote.

Voter Registration may now be done on-line and by mail. Go to the DuPage County Election Commission web-site for more details and application.

If you have questions about voter registration, or would like to have a LWV Elmhurst member register you to vote or update your voter registration information, send an email to Sue Williams, the LWV of Elmhurst's Voter Registration chair.

Voter registration closes 28 days prior to each election and reopens two days after an election. REGISTRATION FOR THE NOVEMBER 2014 ELECTION IS NOW CLOSED (the last day to register WAS October 7, 2014).

Early Voting

Registered voters in DuPage County may vote "early" at any DuPage County Early Voting center conveniently located throughout the county. Unlike absentee voting, an early voter is not required to state a reason for voting early.

Early Voting will take place at Elmhurst City Hall from Monday, October 20, 2014, through November 2, 2014 between 8:30 am and 7:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am until 3 pm Saturday, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 209 N. York Street. A registered voter may drop by an Early Voting site and present a valid government issued photo ID. For the 2014 General Election, the ID does not have to be a government issued photo ID. If you registered by mail and did not send a copy of your identifications, you may have to show two forms of identification, one with your address on it. Once the voter's registration status is verified, the voter may cast a ballot on an ATM-like touch screen device. The vote will be tabulated on Election Day.

NOTE: Once an early vote is cast, the vote is final. The database is updated and the voter may not go to the polling place on Election Day to change a vote.

To access the link to other Early Voting sites go to the DuPage Election Commission website by clicking here.

Absentee Voting

A DuPage County registered voter who expects to be absent from the county on Election Day, may vote absentee prior to Election Day, either "by mail" or "in-person." Absentee voting starts approximately 40 days prior to an election.

The LAST DAY to mail a ballot to a voter is October 30, 2014. You may also complete an application and return it in person the Election Commission and vote at that time. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3, 2014 in order to be counted.

For more information on voting absentee, including absentee voting for registered voters who are admitted to Hospitals, Nursing Homes or Rehabilitation Centers (within 14 days of Election), U.S. Service and Citizens Overseas, Permanently Disabled, or in Healthcare Facilities, go to the Absentee Voting Procedures page on the DuPage County Election Commission website.

"Grace Period" Voter Registration

Illinois law provides individuals who were unable to register to vote or change their address prior to the traditional deadline (28 days prior to an election) a "grace period" to register and vote. The "grace period" is from the 27th day through the 7th day prior to an election. Grace Period Registration can only be done in the office of the DuPage Election Commission, 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois.

For the November 4, 2014 Election, A DuPage citizen may register to vote at the DuPage Election Commission between Oct. 8, 2014 and Nov. 4, 2014 (Election Day). Again, be prepared to vote at the same time!

As of Oct. 20, 2014, Grace Period Registration and Voting will be available at permanent early voting locations through election day. There are six locations for this:

For October 20 through November 2, 2014:

  • DuPage County Election Commission, 421 N. County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187, Room 1-500B, M-F 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; Sat -9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun-10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St. Naperville, IL 60540, Meeting Room A, M-F 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; Sat - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun-10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Olive Trees Condominiums, 200 E. Bailey Rd. Naperville, IL 60565, Club- house, M-F 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; Sat - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun-10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Stratford Square Mall, 152 Stratford Square Bloomingdale, IL 60108, Up Lvl, Next To Macy's, Entr 4, M-F 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; Sat - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun-10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Westfield Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Dr. Aurora, IL 60540, NE Entr Between Sears & Carsons, M-F 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; Sat - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun-10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Yorktown Center, 203 Yorktown Mall Dr. Lombard, IL 60148, Plaza Shops At Yorktown #42, M-F 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; Sat - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun-10:00 am - 4:00 pm

November 3rd and 4th (Election Day) - Registration and Early Voting Locations Hours are 8:30 am - 7:00 pm

 

Voter Registration
Voter Registrar Jan Dorner from the Elmhurst League of Women Voters registers a student in the Early School Leaver Program.

High Schoolers can become Election Judges!

Are you a High School junior or senior or know one who would like to serve as a PAID election judge in the upcoming elections? Check out the High School Election Judge program run by the DuPage Election Commission. High school juniors or seniors can become election judges and earn money for doing the training and serving as a judge. Find out more about this unique opportunity, including the requirements, duties and application, at the DuPage County Election Commission's website.

Voting Districts, Ward Map, and Polling Places


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