Thank you to Matt Grandone for County Clerk for sponsoring our 2018 Champaign-Urbana Area General Election Guide.
The November 6 general election is significant for many reasons. Voters will decide races at the federal, state and local levels. What’s up for grabs?
This is a condensed list of races on the ballot and locally (specific to Illinois and Champaign County):
- Illinois governor, attorney general, secretary of state, comptroller, and treasurer
- Congressional elections: Regardless of where you live, your district has an election, although there are several districts that traverse Champaign County including Illinois 13 and Illinois 15.
- Multiple Champaign County offices, including the new County Executive position, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Auditor, Sheriff.
- Champaign County Board offices.
We want to make it as easy for as possible for area voters to cast a ballot whether you vote early or on Election Day itself.
And don’t forget to get the kids involved, too. Voting is exciting! Take them to the polls. They’ll love going into the booth with you — I know mine do!
What is a Mid-Term Election?
You’ve probably heard the Nov. 6 election being commonly referred to as a “midterm” election. That refers to the fact that it’s midway through the presidential election cycle.
When is Election Day?
Election Day is on Tuesday, November 6. However, early voting is already available for this election, so vote when it’s convenient for you. Early voting is a great way to bring the kids – typically no lines, and you can do it on your time, even over the weekend (we’ll get back to that later).
Here’s the fine print on early voting: “Any voter validly registered in Champaign County may vote at ANY early voting location during the early voting period, however, any vote cast is final, and may not be revoked, and the voter is not eligible to cast a vote on election day.”
How does early voting work in Champaign County?
Ballots are printed for each person, so the individual’s ballot includes races tied to his/her address of record. Grace Period Registration and Voting will be available at all Early Voting locations. So that means, you can register to vote – and vote thereafter – at early voting locations.
You can even vote on Saturday and Sunday right before the election. How awesome is that?
Where do I vote early in Champaign County?
Brookens Administrative Center, 1776 E. Washington Street, Urbana (Map). Free parking is available and this is accessible by CUMTD. Go the Office of the Champaign County Clerk.
- Now through Friday, October 26: weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, October 27: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Sunday, October 28: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2: weekdays 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 3: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 4: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Monday, November 5: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Early voting locations (see below) other than the Office of the County Clerk are open:
- Thursday, October 25 through Friday, October 26: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, October 27: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 3: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Sunday, November 4: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Monday, November 5: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- University of Illinois campus: Illini Union, Room 404 (fourth floor), 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana – Map
- North Champaign: The Church of the Living God, 312 E. Bradley, Champaign – Map
- West Champaign: Leonhard Recreation Center, 2307 Sangamon Drive, Champaign – Map
- Southwest Champaign: Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign – Map
- Mahomet: Lake of the Woods Pavilion, Lake of the Woods Road, Mahomet – Map
- Rantoul: The Gathering Place (First United Methodist Church), 200 S. Century Blvd, Rantoul – Map
- St. Joseph: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 802 East Douglas, St. Joseph – Map
- Tolono Public Library
Here is a link to complete early voting location and time information for Champaign County.
Where’s My Polling Place on Election Day? What district am I in? How do I know if I am registered to vote?
On Election Day voters have an assigned location. The Champaign County Clerk’s office website offers a personalized tool that helps voters find out where to cast their ballot, view a sample ballot, view what districts you vote in — all in one fell swoop. If you want to see all the district maps in Champaign County, go here. For a list of all polling places in Champaign County, click on this link.
If you don’t live in Champaign County, you can go the Illinois Board of Elections website and get the same info.
If you’re looking for info about Piatt County: piattcounty.org/voting.html
If you’re looking for info about Douglas County: www.douglascountyil.com/circuitclerk.html
If you’re looking for info about Vermilion County: www.co.vermilion.il.us/coclerk_election_info.htm
What time can I vote on General Election Day?
All polling places in Illinois are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 6. Early voting locations times vary and are listed above.
What should I bring with me?
Generally, no identification is required to vote at the polls on election day. But if you registered by mail and didn’t provide required ID on the application, they might question it. If you are concerned at all about your identification, we’ve linked to valid forms of ID voters can use.
No matter what your ideology, we all need to make sure we raise our voices. So go vote!
Hey, you’ll even get a sticker. Who doesn’t love stickers?