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Voting Process

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

This describes the typical voting process for elections in the U.S.

To vote in the U.S. election, you must be:

  • Any person who is a citizen of the United States;
  • 18 years of age on or before the date of the next election;
  • A resident of the precinct at least 30 days as of the date of the next election

First you must register to vote. Click on the "Voter Registration" tab at the top of this page for detailed information on how to check registration, how to register, and where to register.

Once you are registered, there are several options for voting:

1. Early voting. This allows you to skip long lines at the polling places on election day. Early voting locations also allow you to register and vote at the same time.

2. Absentee voting. If you are registered elsewhere and cannot make it back to vote, you can vote remotely.

3. Election Day voting: go to your polling place on election day and vote there.

See the boxes to the right for more information about each option.

Voting Options

Locations for early voting:

For Normal, IL residents:

1. ISU Milner Library, room 164D.

  • Monday - Thursday
  • October 24 - November 3
  • noon - 7:00 PM

2. ISU Watterson Tower, Rosa Parks room.

  • Monday - Saturday
  • October 24 - November 4
  • noon - 7:00 PM

3. ISU Bone Student Center, Faculty/Staff Commons.

  • Monday - Friday
  • October 24 - November 4
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

4. County Clerk's Office. 115 E. Washington Street, Bloomington, IL.

  • For early voting dates and times at the County Clerk's Office, go here.

5. Eastland Mall, JC Penney Corridor. 1615 E. Empire Street, Bloomington, IL.

  • Saturdays, Sundays
  • October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 23-24
  • noon - 6:00 PM

For Bloomington, IL residents:

1. County Clerk's Office. 115 E. Washington Street, Bloomington, IL.

  • For early voting dates and times at the County Clerk's Office, go here.

2. Eastland Mall, JC Penney Corridor. 1615 E. Empire Street, Bloomington, IL.

  • Saturdays, Sundays
  • October 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 23-24
  • noon - 6:00 PM

Absentee voting is available for those who wish to vote at a home address, but cannot travel.

To vote absentee:

1. You must first apply to vote absentee. Download and print an absentee ballot application or request one from your County Board of Elections or Board of Elections Commissioners (link will open to a selection for county - Illinois only). Fill the form out and return it. The application must be received by November 3 by mail or November 7 in person.

2. If approved, you will receive a ballot in the mail which you then fill out according to instructions and return. The ballot must be in the certification envelope and must include a copy of a valid form of ID. The ballot must be postmarked by November 8. You may also return the ballot to your local precinct in person by 7 pm on election day, November 8.

If you wish to vote outside the state of Illinois, contact the Board of Elections or Board of Elections Commissioners for your county for more information, an application, and deadlines.

Polling locations are typically open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM, but check with your location for their specific hours.

Normal Residents (including students who live on or near campus):

McLean County Clerk Office's Polling Places & Where to Vote.

Bloomington Residents:

City of Bloomington, Board of Election Commissioners Office's Polling Places in Bloomington.

  • need help finding the correct polling place precinct? call 309-888-5136
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