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2022 Illinois general election: Voter guide for St. Louis area

Here's what you need to know about the hot races on November's ballot

Mark Maxwell, Kelsi Anderson (KSDK), Anne Stegen, Kayla Wheeler, Jennifer Somers, Clarissa Cowley


Published: 7:46 PM CDT October 25, 2022
Updated: 9:22 AM CDT October 31, 2022

On Nov. 8, Illinois voters will head to the polls to decide on candidates and issues on the general election ballot.

When/where to vote in Illinois: 

Polls will be open for in-person voting from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. If you are in line at closing time, you still have the right to cast your vote. Before you go, make sure to verify your voter registration status and find your designated polling location before Nov. 8 to avoid any unexpected issues. 

Illinois does not require voters to show ID to vote in person. However, if this is your first time voting in a federal election in Illinois, you must follow these federal guidelines. 

What has changed since the last election? 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation mandating every local election authority provide its voters with disabilities an accessible vote-by-mail option starting with the 2022 general election. Now, vote-by-mail ballots can be delivered electronically to voters with print disabilities, which allows them mark and verify their ballots using assistive technology. 

Get a ride to vote

As part of its 2022 LyftUp Voting Access Program, Lyft announced it would offer free and discounted rides across the country on Election Day. 

Can’t make it to the polls on Election Day? 

To vote by mail, absentee ballot requests must be received by your local county clerk’s office by Nov. 3. Completed ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day and arrive at the election office by Nov. 22. 

Illinois voters can also cast a no-excuse, in-person absentee ballot between Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 at the office of their local election authority or at a location designated for in-person absentee voting. 

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