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Voters’ Guide – 2014 Illinois Primary Elections - March 18, 2014

Feb 25, 2014

On March 18, voters will narrow the field of political candidates in preparation for November 2014 general election, which includes the much-anticipated Illinois gubernatorial election. For answers to some important March primary election questions, check out our voters' guide.

At the March 18, 2014 Primary Election, Illinois voters will vote to NOMINATE candidates for:

  • United States Senator
  • Governor/Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • Comptroller
  • Treasurer
  • Representatives in Congress - All 18 Districts
  • State Senators - For 4-Year Terms

    • Districts 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57

  • Representatives in the General Assembly - All 118 Districts
  • Sanitary District Commissioners/Trustees
  • County Clerks
  • County Treasurers
  • County Sheriffs
  • County Assessors
  • Members of Board of Review (in counties with elected boards of review, including Cook County)
  • Regional Superintendent of Schools
  • County Commissioners (Counties not under township organization)
  • County Board Members (Counties under township organization)
  • Judges (Additional Judgeships if required)
  • Supreme Court Judges, Vacancies will be filled
  • Appellate Court Judges, Vacancies will be filled
  • Circuit Court Judges, Vacancies will be filled
  • Resident Circuit Court Judges, Vacancies will be filled
  • Subcircuit Judges, Vacancies will be filled

 

Unofficial candidate list: Available here.

 

At the March 18, 2014 Primary Election, Illinois voters will vote to ELECT:

  • State Central Committeemen - Democratic* (one committeeman and one committeewoman per congressional district)
  • Precinct Committeemen (all counties, excluding Cook)
  • Township Committeemen (Cook County)

 *The Republican Party elects state central members at the county convention.



Am I registered to vote?

Enter your name and zip code at the Registration Lookup website to see if you are registered to vote. If you’re registered, it will also give you your polling place location.


Where is my polling place?

You can check where your polling place is at the Election Authority website. Each county’s polling places can be found on its website. If you’ve moved since the last election, make sure you check to see where your new polling place is before you go—your vote won’t count if you vote in the wrong precinct.


What time are polls open in Illinois?

6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

 

Can I vote early?

Early Voting for the March 18, 2014 Primary Election will be offered from Mon., March 3 through Sat., March 15. All locations will be open Monday-Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each county’s polling locations and hours can be found on the county’s website:

 

Grace Period Registration and Voting:

Although the traditional voter registration period closes 28 days prior to the election, Illinois residents may register in-person at the office of their election authority. From February 19th through March 15th, voters may register, update their address or file name changes during the "Grace Period."

Find the Election Authorities Offices for your county here.

Chicago

69 W. Washington St., 6th Floor

Chicago, IL 60626

312.269.7900

 

Cook County

69 W. Washington, 5th Floor

Chicago, IL 60626

312.603.0906

 

A Grace Period voter must present two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the current address.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Driver's license
  • State identification card
  • Passport
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub, or other government document that shows your name and address.

For more information on Grace Period Voting, click here.

 

When do I need an ID to vote in the Illinois Primary Elections 2014?

  • Anyone who uses Early Voting must present a government-issued photo ID

  • If you are a new voters who has registered by mail and has not previously supplied the Election Board with appropriate ID

  • When a majority of the judges of election at a polling place challenge the voter, based on a mismatch of the signature or other discrepancy in the voter registration, or if the voter does not appear on the voter rolls

 

Telephone help lines:

For more information you can call the Illinois State Board of Elections at their Springfield or Chicago offices.

Springfield Office: 217.782.4141

Chicago Office: 312.814.6440

Cook County: 312.603.0906

Image credit: League of Women Voters of California (CC BY 2.0)

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