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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:

  • After entering your address, click "Submit". Then, click on the green "Get personalized information on the candidates and issues" box. A list of your races will appear.
  • Note that all candidates were contacted multiple times, but not all candidates chose to participate.
  • 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.

    Go to www.ballotready.org to research your candidates and referenda.
Again, all candidates were contacted multiple times, but not all candidates chose to answer the questions.

Transportation Lockbox (Amendment 36) -- the "Safe Roads Amendment"

In the November 2016 general election, Illinois voters will be asked to vote on a legislatively referred constitutional amendment, which requires approval by at least 60 percent of those voting on the question, or by a majority of those who case a ballot for any office in that election, to win. The issue relates to the use of transportation funds:

Proposes to amend the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution. Adds a new Section concerning highway funds. Provides that no moneys derived from taxes, fees, excises, or license taxes, relating to registration, titles, operation, or use of vehicles or public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, or airports, or motor fuels, including bond proceeds, shall be expended for other than costs of administering laws related to vehicles and transportation, costs for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, repair, and betterment of public highways, roads, streets, bridges, mass transit, intercity passenger rail, ports, airports, or other forms of transportation, and other statutory highway purposes, including the State or local share to match federal aid highway funds. Limits the costs of administering laws related to vehicles and transportation to direct program expenses of the Secretary of State, the State Police, and the Department of Transportation related to the enforcement of traffic laws and safety. Provides that the revenues described herein shall not be diverted to any other purpose. Provides that any additional modes of transportation proposed for State funding shall have dedicated sources of funding. Provides that federal funds may be spent for any purposes authorized by federal law. Effective upon being declared adopted in accordance with Section 7 of the Illinois Constitutional Amendment Act.

* What it means to vote YES: A "yes" vote supports an amendment to the Illinois Constitution prohibiting the General Assembly from using transportation funds for any other purpose.

* What if means to vote NO: A "no" vote supports permitting the General Assembly to use transportation funds for other uses, including balancing the state budget.

To view more information about the question, including a summary of the proposed amendment, other states who have passed similar measures, those groups that oppose and support the amendment, and arguments for and against the amendment, go to https://ballotpedia.org/Illinois_Transportation_Taxes_and_Fees_Lockbox_Amendment_(2016).

Find your Sample Ballot

  • If you do not know your district, go to the DuPage Election Commission at https://www.dupageco.org/DistrictLookup/ to look up your District by inputting your address. If you know your district, you can input it using the appropriate tab.
  • Click on Search.
  • You will be taken to your Precinct site, which will list your polling location, and your current representatives for all local, state and federal offices. Scroll down to where it says "Sample Ballot" and click View Ballot.

    Other General Topics regarding Elections on this Page:

    Election Calendar

    GENERAL ELECTION: November 8, 2016.

    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 ONLINE. Click here (https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voting/37059/) to check if you are already registered, to register online, or download an application as a PDF file and fill it in and mail today. You can also register at many locations throughout DuPage County, including 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.

    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 Dorothy McGuire, 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 2016 ELECTION IS NOW CLOSED.

    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 County Election Commission offices from September 29, 2016 through November 7, 2016. Beginning October 24, 2016, 15 days prior to the election, through the day before an election, several sites throughout DuPage County will offer early voting as well, including Elmhurst City Hall from Monday, October 24, 2016, through November 7, 2016, 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 2016 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 the Thursday (5 days) prior to the election. The LAST DAY to mail a ballot to a voter is November 3, 2016. You may also complete an application, which you may access here (https://www.dupageco.org/Election/VoteByMail/), and return it in person the Election Commission and vote at that time. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 8, 2016 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" Registration and Voting

    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 until the day before an election. Grace Period Registration can be done in the office of the DuPage Election Commission, 421 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, Illinois. "Grace Period" locations extend to the Early Voting locations throughout DuPage County beginning 15 days prior until the day before an election. For Early Voting locations and hours, click here (https://www.dupageco.org/Election/Voting/EarlyVoting/).

    For the November 8, 2016 Election, A DuPage citizen may register to vote at the DuPage Election Commission between October 11, 2106 and Nov. 8, 2016 (Election Day). Again, be prepared to vote at the same time!


    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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