VOTE: Election 2020
Illinois
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ID Requirements
Identification is not required in most cases.

First-time voters may have to present the following:

Current and valid photo ID
Utility bill
Bank statement
Government check
Paycheck
Lease or contract for residence
Student ID & mail addressed to voter’s residence
Government document


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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Illinois?
Yes! Any voter can request a mail-in ballot, no excuse required.

Can I submit an application online?
No

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 29th.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Election Day (Nov. 3) and received within 14 days

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Sept. 24

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadlines for registration is 10/6 (mail) and 10/18 (online).

The deadline for in-person registration is 11/3.

Your state allows any qualified resident to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Illinois

Biography

Dick Durbin (Democratic Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Illinois. He assumed office on January 7, 1997. His current term ends on January 3, 2023.

Durbin (Democratic Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Illinois. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Durbin previously was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from District 20 from 1983 to 1997. He attempted a run for the Illinois State Senate in 1976 and for Lieutenant Governor in 1978.

He ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014 against challenger Jim Oberweis. He defeated challenger Jim Oberweis (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.

He was a member of the group of senators deemed the "Gang of Eight." This term is used to reference eight of the most influential Senators on immigration reform and includes four senators from each party.

In the 115th Congress, Durbin cosponsored the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act of 2017.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Durbin is one of the most reliable Democratic votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Democratic Party in Congress.

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Initiatives

Illinois Allow for Graduated Income Tax Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports repealing the state's constitutional requirement that the state personal income tax be a flat rate and instead allow the state to enact legislation for a graduated income tax.

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A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thus continuing to require that the state personal income tax be a flat rate and prohibit a graduated income tax.