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What are the Voter Registration Requirements?
- Must be a citizen of the United States;
- Must be at least 18 years of age by Election Day; 17 years of age to vote in a General Primary if individual will be 18 as of the following General Election;
- Must have been a resident of the precinct for 30 days
When may I register to vote?
Regular registration is open year round except during the 27-day period just prior to an election during the 2-day period after each election.
Grace period regisitration is an extension of the regular registration deadline from the 27th day prior to an election through Election Day. Grace period registration is only available "in-person" at sites authorized by each election authority.
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 30 deputy registrar locations scattered throughout the County. You may also make application to register to vote by mail. To do so, persons must obtain a voter registration application form, fill it out, sign it and mail it to the County Clerk.
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.
Register to Vote In Person at the County Courthouse:
Office of Whiteside County Clerk, 200 E. Knox Street, Morrison, IL 61270
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30pm
Register to Vote Online:
Register to Vote online through the State Board of Elections website.
Register to Vote by Mail:
If I move, can I still vote?
If you moved within 27 days of the election in the same precinct you can vote a full ballot by signing an affidavit.
If you moved more than 30 days before the election within the same election jurisdiction, but outside your precinct, and did not transfer your registration, you may grace-period update your registration through Election Day and then grace-period vote; alternatively you may vote for federal offices only after completing an address correction form.
If you moved within 30 days before the election outside of your precinct, but you still live in the State, and did not transfer your registration, you may grace-period update your registration to your new address through Election Day and grace-period vote, or vote a full ballot in your old polling place after completing an affidavit.
If you moved more than 30 days before the election out of your county or municipality under a board of election commissioners and did not transfer your registration, you can only vote by re-registering from your new address.
If any change in your name or address has occurred, please remember to contact your election authority to update your registration. However, even if you forget to update your information, note that “Grace Period Registration and Voting” is now available through Election Day in Illinois.
When can I consider myself officially registered to vote?
As soon as you receive a voter ID card in the mail, you can consider yourself registered. If you do not receive an ID card within 3 weeks after you registered, contact your election authority.
May I verify that my registration is correct?