Who may register:
- a citizen of the United States;
- 18 years of age; by the date of the next consolidated election
- 17 years of age; by the date of the next general election
- a resident of the precinct for 30 days
Cut off Date:
28 days before the election
A residence is a permanent abode, a place where a person actually lives. No one may register from a place of business or office unless actually living there.
Homeless may also register to vote - contact the County Clerk.
Persons born of U.S. citizens who resided outside the United States at the time of their birth, are U.S. citizens. Those born in Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Virgin Islands, derived United States citizenship at birth and need not be naturalized.
Where and When you may register:
You may register to vote at the County Clerk's office in Morrison. You may also register to vote at most City Clerk's offices and at any one of approximately 75 deputy registrar locations scattered throughout the County. (Watch for newspaper ads approximately 6 weeks before each election for specific locations, or call the County Clerk's office). You may also make application to register to vote by mail. To do so, persons must obtain a voter registration application form, (most financial institutions, post offices, and government offices have these) fill it out, sign it and mail it to the County Clerk. Voters who apply for registration by mail must vote in person at the first election at which he or she votes after applying for voter registration.(Persons who qualify under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act and the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, are exempt from this provision).
Illinois Drivers License facilities, Illinois Department of Public Aid offices, Illinois Department of Public Health offices, Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services offices, Illinois Department of Mental Health and Development Disabilities offices and Township Supervisors will all register you to vote when you apply for any of their services.
Persons who apply for registration by mail or at one of the facilities listed in the above paragraph, during the 27 days preceding any election, will not be eligible to vote at that election. They must wait until the following election.
Who should re-register:
The State of Illinois has a permanent voter registration. Once registered it is not necessary to re- register to vote unless you:
- Changed your name;
- Changed county of residence;
- were deleted from the rolls because of the purge required by State or Federal law.
Changes of Address:
If you have moved within Whiteside County and are already registered, you may change your voter registration by notifying your County Clerk or a Deputy Registrar. Such notice may be given either by filling out the reverse side of your voter registration card and returning it to your County Clerk or by letter, listing your new address.
An application for change of address, either by card or by letter, must be signed by the voter before being mailed to the County Clerk.
Changes of address deadlines are the same as the deadlines for new registration.
Physically disabled voters:
If you have a physical disability that prevents you from registering to vote at a public location, you may register at your residence. Contact your County Clerk for details.