How, When, and Where to Vote in Champaign County in the June 2022 Primary Election
Voting isn’t just a right, it’s a responsibility and a privilege. All elections have consequences for your future.
On June 28, voters across Illinois will go to the polls for primary elections; these elections choose which candidate will represent a given party in the general election on Nov. 8.
The main goal of this article is to make it as easy as possible for Champaign County voters to cast their ballots in this primary election, whether you vote by mail, vote early — it’s possible to do it RIGHT NOW! — or vote on Election Day itself. Read on to find out how, when, and where you can vote.
The election information in this post is compiled by chambanamoms.com as a courtesy, and we do our best to keep it accurate and up-to-date. The Office of the Champaign County Clerk is the authoritative source of all election information in Champaign County. To get voting information for other East Central Illinois counties, see links below.
What’s on the ballot?
Once you choose which primary you’d like to vote in — either Democrat or Republican — you’ll select a candidate to represent that party in the general election. Among the offices you’ll be choosing a candidate for: governor, Congressional representative, Senator, state senator, state rep, state treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state, etc. There are also county, regional, municipal and judicial offices on the ballot, and even a school referendum (for residents of Mahomet-Seymour CUSD #3). In short, it’s quite a smorgasbord.
The easiest way to prepare? Visit this website, select “sample ballot” and enter your info. It will give you the entire ballot to view before you have to make your selections.
How do I vote by mail?
All voters are eligible to vote by mail; you must simply request, complete, and return the ballot on time. All ballots come with a postage-paid envelope! The last day the County Clerk will fulfill a vote-by-mail request is five days prior to the election, or June 23. (A ballot may be requested online, over the phone, or by mail, as long as your request is received by June 23.)
- For your ballot to be counted, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day — June 28.
- All vote by mail ballots come with tracking, meaning you will know when your ballot is en route to you and when it has been received by the County Clerk.
- You may also choose to return your ballot in an authorized drop box by 7 p.m. on June 28.
What is a ballot drop box? Where are they located?
These are 24-hour-accessible, ¼-inch steel, waterproof, highly secure boxes that are screwed into cement pads at twelve locations (under “Returning Your Ballot”) in Champaign-Urbana and other Champaign County locations. The contents of each dropbox are retrieved daily by two Election Judges (one from each party) and taken directly to the County Clerk’s office, rather than using the postal service. The tracking on your ballot will let you know when it has been secured at its destination.
When and where can I vote early?
Here’s the fine print on early voting: “All eligible voters can vote early and they can vote at ANY of the early voting locations. Once a voter has voted early, they cannot rescind that vote. It is final.” At each location, a ballot is printed for each early voter, so your ballot will include only the races tied to your address of record.
Early voting opens 40 days before Election Day at the County Clerk’s office and 14 days, 3 days, and 1 day before Election Day at additional sites throughout the county. There are a total of 30 early voting sites for the 2022 primary.
For the complete list of early voting sites, visit this website.
Can I vote early even if I requested a ballot by mail?
Yes. According to the County Clerk, just take your vote by mail ballot with you to your polling place, surrender it to the Election Judge, and they will issue you a new ballot. (If you do not have your vote by mail ballot, you may ask the Election Judge to let you sign an affidavit stating that you will destroy it.) You are encouraged to use your vote by mail ballot if you have it. If you’re not comfortable mailing it back, you can take it to a drop box (described above).
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 polling place, and all 80+ county polling places are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. You may also choose to vote at a universal polling place, which are the same as early voting sites and are open to all voters on Election Day.
The Champaign County Clerk’s website features a handy tool that lets you confirm your registration, identify your polling place, view a sample ballot, learn what districts you vote in — all in one fell swoop.
If you have never voted in Champaign County, you may still need to register to vote. Find voter registration information here; there are many ways to register up to and including the date of the primary election.
Where can I find voting information for other counties?
For additional counties in Illinois, check the Illinois Board of Elections list of election authorities.
What ID should I bring to vote?
Generally, no identification or “voter card” is required to vote at the polling place. If you have not changed your voter registration address or name since the last election and your signature matches the signature on your registration, you should not need to show ID. If you have updated your voter registration address or name, or your signature does not match, you may be asked for ID. If you are concerned at all about your identification, we’ve linked to valid forms of ID voters can use.
Can I bring my kids to vote?
Voting is exciting! Yes, kids are allowed at the polls through the whole process. If you’re lucky enough to have a polling location that uses curtains for privacy, they’ll love that — I know mine do! Early voting is a great way to bring the kids – typically no lines.
Can I post a selfie of me and my ballot?
Photographing a marked ballot is actually a felony in Illinois! Proceed at your own risk.
No matter what your ideology, we all need to make sure we raise our voices. So GO VOTE! And then flaunt your “I Voted” sticker for all to see.