Decision 2022: What to know before you go to the polls Tuesday

Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 6:11 PM CST
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(25 News Now) - Thousands statewide have already cast early and mail-in ballots, but much of the vote for Tuesday’s Midterm elections is still expected to come from polling places on Election Day.

In Illinois, you need only your name and address to vote if you are already registered. There is no further identification required. If you are not registered however, you will still be able to vote. Illinois allows voters to both register and vote at their polling places on Election day. For this option, you will need to present two forms of identification, listed here.

In all, local election officials say polling places should look much the same as during the last election cycle. However, they expect more poll watchers Tuesday, in part because of increased scrutiny over the voting process. It’s something election officials are welcoming.

“Anyone who spends time in a polling place on Election Day, or during early voting or during the counting is going to come away with renewed confidence in the integrity of the election system.” Matt Dietrich at the State Board of Elections said.

He says poll workers and election judges are trained to defuse any confrontational situations, in order to create a calm atmosphere. Local political science professor Meghan Leonard at Illinois State University says voters can rest assured that election officials are following correct protocols.

“Because of Illinois’ legal structure, you have nothing to worry about,” Leonard said. “Your vote will count. It will be a free and fair election.”

The deadline to request a mail-in ballot has already passed. However, if you still have a mail-in ballot, you can return it to your polling place or send it back in the mail. In order for it to count, it must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday November 8, and received by your local election authority within two weeks.

To find your polling place, visit the State Board of Elections website. And for more information on the races on the ballot, click here to visit the 25 News Decision 2022 landing page.