Still Time to Register for March 17 Primary


Annabelle Lamb, Staff Writer

Primary Election Day in Illinois is just a couple weeks away.  Here is some information on how to register if you have not done so already, as well as how and where to vote.

In Illinois you can vote in the primary election if you are 17 but turning 18 before the general election. This is a privilege that not all states share.

Online voter registration is still open until Sunday. You can register at the Illinois State Board Of Elections website ( In order to register, you will need a valid Illinois Driver’s License or an Illinois State ID number, the last four digits of your social security number, the date your license or state ID was issued, as well as your birth date.

If you don’t make the online deadline, don’t worry! There is still grace period registration available. You can register at the Lake County Clerk’s Office during weekday business hours. You can register through Election Day. You can also register at early voting at your assigned voting site. Here is where you can find your assigned voting site:

Early voting begins March 2 and continues through March 16. Election Day is March 17, and polls are open that day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. If your voter registration record reflects your current name and address, you will not need to have any other identification on hand.

Here is a nonpartisan Illinois voting guide sponsored by the League of Women Voters that you can use to inform yourself on the candidates: