What you need to know to vote in today's primary election

  • Five-year-old Caitlin Goff waits patiently for her mom, Carrie Goff, to finish voting in the primary election at Westgate School in Arlington Heights on Tuesday.

      Five-year-old Caitlin Goff waits patiently for her mom, Carrie Goff, to finish voting in the primary election at Westgate School in Arlington Heights on Tuesday. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Colleen Ungurean votes in Tuesday's primary election at Westgate School in Arlington Heights.

      Colleen Ungurean votes in Tuesday's primary election at Westgate School in Arlington Heights. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Hannah Ungurean, left,  and her parents, Colleen and David Ungurean, all of  Arlington Heights, check in at their precinct table to vote in Tuesday's primary election at Westgate School in Arlington Heights.

      Hannah Ungurean, left, and her parents, Colleen and David Ungurean, all of Arlington Heights, check in at their precinct table to vote in Tuesday's primary election at Westgate School in Arlington Heights. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Voters hit the polls for Tuesday's primary election at Westgate School in Arlington Heights.

      Voters hit the polls for Tuesday's primary election at Westgate School in Arlington Heights. Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  •   Brian Hill | Staff Photographer, 2021

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 6/28/2022 1:18 PM

Voters headed off to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in primaries that will determine who will face off in November for governor, seats in Congress, the Illinois legislature and county boards.

Decisions made by voters ultimately will set up suburban campaigns for the Nov. 8 general election, including some that could be among the most watched in the country.

 

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. After the polls close, check back at dailyherald.com for results.

Here's what else you need to know to vote.

What's on your ballot?

Check online to find whether you are registered, your polling place on Election Day and a sample ballot.

Cook County: www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/your-voter-information

DuPage County: www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup/

Kane County: https://www.kanecountyclerk.org/elections

Lake County: www.lakecountyil.gov/332/Voter-Services

McHenry County: http://mchenry-il.connect4.clarityelections.com/

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Will County: https://www.willcountyclerk.gov/june-28-2022-general-primary-election/

Which political party?

Voters in primaries must declare their political party before receiving a ballot. Depending on party affiliation, the ballot will focus solely on Democratic or Republican candidates. What ballot you pull is public record, but whom you vote for isn't.

Those who want to vote only on referendums can ask for a nonpartisan ballot.

Can I register?

You can register and cast a ballot at the same time if you're a U.S. citizen and present two forms of identification, one of which must have your address on it. Examples include a passport or military I.D., driver's license, college or work ID, vehicle registration, lease, insurance card, bank statement or utility bill.

If you already are registered, you do not routinely need identification to vote. However, an election judge can ask for identification in certain circumstances, such as if a previously mailed-in registration form is incomplete.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Can I bring in a smartphone or newspapers?

Newspapers, yes (so feel free to bring the list of Daily Herald endorsements, which you'll find on our editorial page). There is no state law prohibiting cellphones. But local authorities can set rules, so it's best to do your research and write down your picks on paper before you arrive. You're not allowed to make or receive phone calls while inside the polling place. If you make a phone call and slip into a conversation about the candidates, it's considered electioneering, which is illegal.

Provisional ballots

If questions are raised at the polls about a voter's registration or identity, the voter can fill out a provisional ballot. While it is the same as the normal ballot, it will not be counted until the election authority has determined the voter is eligible to vote. The authority has 14 days to determine eligibility, and voters have two days after voting to provide additional information.

Electioneering

No one is allowed to attempt to influence a voter within 100 feet of the polling place, among other rules. Any suspicious or illegal activity can be reported to the Illinois attorney general's office at (866) 536-3496.

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