Our VOTES Matter

This year’s election is unique, and there is increased confusion over the election process.  That is why we have established a central point for disabled and senior voters of Illinois, which is needed now more than ever.

Disability Vote IL

Welcome to www.disabilityvoteil.org! We are weeks away from the next election, and we are getting ready to cast our votes. As people with disabilities and senior citizens, we have always had difficulties with accessible voting.

We trust that this guide will help you vote more easily.

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Are you #VoteReady?

You only need to meet a few simple requirements to be eligible to vote in the State of Illinois. Find out if you are #VoteReady!

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Register to Vote

There are many ways to register to vote—choose what works for you! Follow our guide and get registered today!

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Vote by Mail

Vote by Mail and ACCESSIBLE Voting by Mail is easy and you can request a vote by mail ballot through email, mail, or in person.

Disability Vote Illinois’ Mission

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We all deserve to have our unique perspectives heard
and we want to make sure that disabled voices are not silenced.

Our Votes Matter!!

We are a nonpartisan campaign effort to:

  • Educate the disability and senior community about voting rights and access issues.
  • Eliminate barriers to voting.
  • Promote accessibility of voting technology and polling places.
  • Increase voter turnout among people with disabilities and their allies.
  • Let elected officials know that people with disabilities and seniors are engaged, voters.
  • Encourage organizations to conduct local get-out-the-vote drives and outreach.
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FIVE WAYS TO REGISTER

HOW CAN I REGISTER?

Online Registration

You can register to vote (or change your address) online. Online voter registration closes 16 days before the election.

The Illinois State Board of Elections’ online voter registration system allows any new registrant to apply for a vote by mail ballot when completing online voter registration. An additional application for a vote by mail ballot will not be required if this is completed.

Automatic Voter Registration

When you visit a Secretary of State Drivers Services facility, you will be asked if you want to register to vote or update your registration. If you say yes, you have “opted-in” to Automatic Voter Registration.  

Your completed voter registration application is transmitted from Drivers Services to the Illinois State Board of Elections. You will be provided a receipt of the voter registration application. Keep the receipt until you receive your voter registration card from your local election authority.

In-Person Registration

You can register to vote in person at any of the following locations:

  • County Clerk’s Office
  • Board of Elections Office
  • City and Village Halls
  • Township Offices
  • Driver’s License Facilities

Early Registration

Illinois offers voter registration at all early voting locations in the lead-up to an election. Find early voting locations near you. 

Same-Day Registration

In Illinois, you can register on Election Day at your polling place. Find your Election Day polling place.

Make Sure You Register Early!

Register to Vote!

Click here to register to vote today!

Registration Status

Be patient. Everybody wants to make sure they are registered.

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VOTE TRACKING

Several Election authorities have vote tracking available online.

You can find out:

  • What is on my upcoming ballot
  • Where is my Polling Place
  • Where is My Early Voting site
  • Who are My elected Officials
  • What is My MAIL BALLOT STATUS

Vote Tracking Links for:

Cook County, IL — https://bit.ly/CookIL_VoteTrack

Chicago, IL — https://bit.ly/ChgoIL_VoteTrack

Kane (ballot tracking) — https://votekane.ballottrax.net/voter/

Kane also lists the ballot drop-off locations on their website

Peoria (ballot tracking) — https://peoriacountyvotes.ballottrax.net/voter/

For other Election districts, Contact your election authority. 

Here is a list of their contact information:

LOCAL ELECTION AUTHORITIES FOR ILLINOIS

Be Careful with Your Vote By Mail Ballot

The panel of elections may reject a Vote By Mail Ballot for the following reasons:

  • The Ballot was delivered opened
  • The certification envelope contains no signature
  • The voter has already cast a Ballot
  • The person voted in person on Election Day, or
  • The person is not duly registered in the precinct.

 

Register to Vote!

Click here to register to vote today!

Registration Status

Be patient. Everybody wants to make sure they are registered.

EARLY VOTING

Those who wish to vote in person can avoid crowds by using early voting sites, which will be open earlier than usual this year.  

The following guidelines were established in 2020. These will be updated as we get more current information. Illinois Department of Public Health Guidance for Early Voting and Election Day Health and Safeth Protocols:  Wear your mask, stay six feet away from others as much as possible, and thoroughly cleanse your hands after touching public spaces. We need to protect each other to the best of our ability, and if voting in person is the easiest for you, please be aware of safety protocols. 

See Guidance from Illinois Public Act 101-0642 Section28-35(a) dated 8/25/2020 and Recommended Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Election Polling Locations.

Curbside Voting Election authorities may establish curbside voting for individuals to cast a ballot during early voting. At least two election judges, from opposite parties, are to be designated per vehicle, and the voter must have the option to mark the Ballot without interference from the election judges.

DO YOU HAVE SOMEONE TO HELP YOU VOTE?

Choose a family member, a friend, or someone you trust to support you to answer questions about registration and voting.  After all, WE ALL NEED SUPPORT!!! 

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Make sure you SIGN your ballot envelope!

Register to Vote!

Click here to register to vote today!

Registration Status

Be patient. Everybody wants to make sure they are registered.

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Election Day Voting

The Center for Disease Control established the following guidelines in 2020. These will be updated with more current information as we receive it. Wear your mask, stay six feet away from others as much as possible, and thoroughly cleanse your hands after touching public spaces. We need to protect each other to the best of our ability, and if voting in person is the easiest for you, please be aware of safety protocols.

See this Link:  https://bit.ly/CDC_Election-Guide-0620

Curbside Voting

Election authorities may establish curbside voting for individuals to cast a ballot on Election Day. At least two election judges, from opposite parties, are to be designated per vehicle, and the voter must have the option to mark the Ballot without interference from the election judges.

Central Vote Center on Election Day

Election authorities shall establish one location where all voters in the jurisdiction, regardless of the precinct they are registered in, are allowed to vote on Election Day during polling place hours. This location will be at either the office of the election authority or a separate area in the largest municipality of the jurisdiction. The address of this location, the hours of operation, and health and safety requirements, must be certified to the State Board of Elections by September 24, 2020

Click for Election Day Voting Locations

 

Register to Vote!

Click here to register to vote today!

Registration Status

Be patient. Everybody wants to make sure they are registered.

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Cook County, IL Disabled Voter Program

If you are permanently physically incapacitated and unable to make it your polling place, you qualify to automatically receive an application for a mail ballot before every election for the next five years.  For more information, click here:  https://bit.ly/CookDisabledVtr-Applcn

Nursing Home and Hospital Voting

The County Clerk’s office conducts voting at suburban Cook County nursing homes before every election. If you are admitted to a hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center fourteen days or fewer before an election, you may arrange to have a ballot delivered to you at the hospital. For more information, click here: https://bit.ly/CookNursingHosp-Vtg2020

EMAIL ILLINOIS ADA VOTING ADVISORY COORDINATOR: JORDAN HOMER at JHomer@elections.il.gov.

 

 

Register to Vote!

Click here to register to vote today!

Registration Status

Be patient. Everybody wants to make sure they are registered.

Transportation to the Polls for People with Disabilities

Pace’s fixed route bus and van fleets are all accessible to people with disabilities or health conditions, and the ADA Paratransit system and various local Dial-a-Ride programs offer service that is exclusively dedicated to the five county community which includes the Chicago metropolitan area.

In addition, all fixed route buses are accessible and route information is available the Pace website:  www.Pacebus.com.

Some people with disabilities qualify for free fares on Pace, CTA and Metra.

Here’s the Link for Contact Phone numbers for paratransit in Chicago and the surrounding five county area: https://bit.ly/Pacebooking

Please be aware that Pace is waiving the $3 City of Chicago Taxi Access Program (TAP) fare, effective March 23, 2020. Riders are still required to swipe their TAP card at the end of their trip, but no money will be taken from your account. Riders will still be responsible for any taxi fare amount over $30 and City of Chicago fees.

TAP is only available in the City of Chicago.

For more info click here:  https://bit.ly/PaceTAP

The fare is currently free on TAP (usually $3.00 per trip).

This policy is in place indefinitely. If you aren’t yet enrolled in TAP, call 1-833-PACE-TAP (833-722-3827) to order a card.

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Register to Vote!

Click here to register to vote today!

Registration Status

Be patient. Everybody wants to make sure they are registered.

IMPORTANT DATES AND EVENTS

Check our calendar regularly for new announcements and activities

Thursday

May 19th, 2022

Early in-person voting begins at your county clerk’s office

Sunday

June 12th, 2022

Last day to register online to vote in Illinois. You can still register to vote in-person, up until and on election day (June 28).

Details: https://ova.elections.il.gov/

Thursday

Jun 23rd, 2022

Last day for election officials to receive your mail-in ballot (so make sure your mail-in ballot is post-marked before this date)

Tuesday

June 28th, 2022

Illinois statewide primary election. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

On your ballot this year, in addition to local measures and races, will be Republican and Democratic nominees for Governor, U.S. Senate.

The winners of the 2022 Illinois primary election will appear on the ballot as the party’s nominee for the November 8 general election.

Tuesday

Nov 8th, 2022

Election Day!

For the following Illinois elections:

  • U.S. Senate
  • U.S. House
  • Congress special election
  • Governor
  • Other state executives
  • State Senate
  • State House
  • Special state legislative
  • State Supreme Court
  • Intermediate appellate courts
  • Local judges
  • School boards
  • Municipal government
  • Recalls

Tuesday

Feb 28th, 2023

Chicago Mayoral &
City Council Elections

Register to Vote!

Click here to register to vote today!

Registration Status

Be patient. Everybody wants to make sure they are registered.

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Our Votes Matter!

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