How To Register
You must be registered to vote from your CURRENT address
and with your CURRENT name to be qualified to vote a full
ballot. Therefore, if you move or change your name you must
QUALIFICATIONS: To register to vote you must
• A citizen of the United States
• In general election cycles (even years) 17 year olds may
register before, and vote in, the general primary election if they
will be18 by the time of the next general election. In consolidated
election cycles (odd years) the registrant must be 18 years old
orolder by the time of the next election.
• A resident of your precinct for 30 days by the date of the
STUDENTS who are 17, but will be 18 on or before
the election, must register to vote before the close of
registration, even if not 18 before the close of registration, to
vote in the upcoming election at the polls. The voter ID card will
be held until your birthday. It is not necessary to have your
voter's ID card for voting.
ON-LINE VOTER REGISTRATION: Illinois residents
who have a authentic state ID or drivers license issued by the
State of Illinois may now register to vote on-line at the following
IDENTIFICATION: Two forms of identification are
required to register. One must include your present address. This
can be a driver's license, library card, credit card, personal
check, utility bill, mail addressed to you at your current address,
OFFICE HOURS: The Rockford Board of Elections is
open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
EXTENDED HOURS: During the 4-week period before
the close of registration the Rockford Board of Elections is open
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. For additional extended hours,
go to the calendar on this website or call our office at
ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION SITES:
- DRIVER'S LICENSE FACILITIES - you may register to vote the same
time you apply for a Illinois driver's license.
- PUBLIC ASSISTANCE AGENCIES
- Prior to the close of registration before each election,
registrars will be at various places such as shopping centers,
grocery stores, etc. Notice of the times and places is
published in the local newspaper or you may contact this
MAIL REGISTRATION: A mail-in voter registration
application may be downloaded by clicking here . Print, complete and sign the form.
Please note that identification showing current address and current
name is required when registering by mail. If a copy of your
identification is not mailed with your registration, you will be
asked for current identification before voting.
CITIZENS WITH A DISABILITY: Currently the law
states that a person registering by mail must vote in person the
first time they vote in the jurisdiction, unless identification is
mailed along with the registration application. Any citizen, who is
not registered because of a permanent physical disability, cannot
leave their residence and has no way of obtaining a copy of the
required identification, may arrange for voter registration in
their home with a deputy registrar by contacting the Rockford Board
of Election Commissioners at (815) 987-5750. Voting may then be
done by mail.
VOTER IDENTIFICATION CARD: Upon receipt and
processing of a voter registration application, a voter identification
card will be mailed. Please verify your name and address
printed on the card. Note your polling place and the governmental
districts for which you are entitled to vote. If you do
not have your voter ID card you may click here to determine your
polling place. Be sure to enter the address from which you are
A new Voter Identification Card is mailed every two (2) years and
whenever a polling place is changed. Be sure to keep the most
current ID card received.
Registration is closed for the 27-day period preceding each
election, except in person at the office of the Election Board for
city of Rockford residents.(see Grace Period Voting on this web
Download an Illinois Voter Registration Application here.