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Illinois Primary is March 17th – What you need to know.

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March 17 is the day to remember, but there are several other options for those who cannot make it to a polling place on the actual day of the primary.

Before your ballot is cast though, you have to be registered. In addition to automatic registration when you renew your driver's license, you can also:

  • Register at your local election office until February 18.
  • Register online until March 1.

Or you can wait until the actual primary and do same-day registration at your precinct. Thomas Bride with Peoria's Election Commission explains how.

"The nice thing in Illinois is if they're not registered to vote or need to update their registration, we can do it right then, if they need to register they'll need two forms of ID, one with their current address," said Bride.

Depending on your county, early voting starts at the end of this month or early March. However, it ends everywhere in the state on March 16.

So who will you see on the ballot this time around? On the democratic ballot, there's of course the presidential primary. There's several other statewide offices also up for re-election, but no democrats have challengers. On the republican ballot, there are five people looking to run against Senator Dick Durbin in November. Many counties will also be voting on positions like clerk or state's attorney.

Andy Weber

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